Memorial Day, coming up on May 26, is not, as some may believe "the official kick off to summer".
Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day began in the Civil War era, when women would decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers. It was officially adopted as Memorial Day in 1966 by then President Johnson. The traditional Memorial Day is May 30, but it's fallen victim to those "Monday holidays" and is now the last Monday in May.
Many people seem to have forgotten the real meaning of the holiday, and I felt it would serve as a gentle reminder to post this blog.
The day is set aside to remember those Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen/Marines/Coastguardsmen who have given their lives in the defense of our country. It is not simply a day to picnic or engage in some other "summer type" activity.
Here's hoping that everyone here pauses on May 26 to remember those who have sacrificed their lives so that we may enjoy the lifestyle we are so accustomed to.

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Comment by Mike Simmons on May 24, 2008 at 11:27pm
Amen. Wish I'd read this before posting my rant. I very clearly remember Decoration day & going with my mom to place flowers & flags on vet's graves.
If you recall, many areas observed it on different weekends, so we were busy.
BTW; thanx for your comments, and taking the time to learn about these heroes.
Have a good weekend.

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