Posted by: Ed Darrell | February 15, 2010

Presidents Day 2010: Fly your flag today

Fly your flag today.

U.S. flag flies at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery

U.S. flag flies at Dallas/Fort Worth National Cemetery

Residents of the United States celebrate Presidents Day today, a holiday that grew out of celebrations of the birthdays of both George Washington (February 22, 1732) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809), both of whom were born in February (under the “new” Gregorian calendar).

President’s Day is one of a score of dates Congress recognized in the Flag Code as appropriate for patriotic display of the U.S. flag.


  1. Can any person (not important nor rich) be buried here?

  2. Burial in a National Cemetery is a privilege given to veterans of our armed services. People interred here are all veterans.

    You can see that each marker shows the branch of service and rank of the person buried (the photo is huge, and I’m not sure how to shrink it — you may want to go here to see more photos: ):

    Markers at the DFW National Cemetery, from the Cemetery website

  3. Omar, I probably should have answered more directly: Yes, anyone can be buried there, especially the unwealthy and not-famous — so long as they served in the U.S. armed services, or were married to someone who did.

    My old boss, my first and best boss, Mike Mansfield, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. His marker says simply “Michael J. Mansfield, Pfc., U.S. Marine Corps.” Of course, he was also U.S. Representative from Montana, U.S. Senator from Montana, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, and Ambassador to Japan. He was a modest man of no pretension, though, and his marker reflects that.

    Each person buried or interred at a National Cemetery is important, but few were rich in money, or famous in life.

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