It wasn't until the Federal govt. created Memorial Day in 1967 that it became an official holiday to honor all the veterans.
Oh, that handsome guy in his sailor suit is my grandfather, Harry B. Edwards, Jr. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. His tour was in the Pacific and he experienced the hospitality of a Japanese POW camp. And the cool dude below is my stepdad, Danny M. Neubig, who served in the Air Force's K9 Corps.