Today is Memorial Day. Before you celebrate the beginning of summer, take a minute to reflect on the origin of Memorial Day (Decoration Day). Did you know that the first Decoration Day Celebration was held in Charleston, SC, organized by former slaves to celebrate the valor of both black and white soldiers in the Civil War? The holiday evolved to honor all those who have died in wars. If you fly the American Flag, tradition is to fly it at half-staff until noon, then it is raised to full staff.