|Decorating the graves in the 1800's|
|Decorating the graves at Arlington National Cemetery|
Going to Arlington Cemetery to watch the President or the Vice President lay a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier and to see all the flags on the graves was part of our Memorial Days when we lived there.
Afterwards it was a barbecue in the back yard with my dad squirting lighter fluid into the lit the grill and having a huge fire ball erupt; many times he lost an eyebrow doing this, but it was great fun to watch!
We also had championship croquet matches which somehow got very rowdy with the neighbors drinking Manhattans and martinis. The foods were always a potpourri of the neighborhood; southern, All-American, a bit of Italian, and cold libations, with sweet iced tea and lemonade for the children.