Monday, May 28, 2012

Thank You

I know that for many of us, Memorial Day means a three day weekend, cook outs, hanging out with friends, and relaxing.  It does for me too.  But do you know why this day was set aside as a holiday?

It began after the Civil War as a day to honor the Union soldiers who gave their lives in the war and was originally called decoration day.  Family members would "decorate" the graves in remembrance, thus the original name, Decoration Day.  Over time it became a day to remember all fallen soldiers in all wars.  Before 1968 it had been celebrated on May 30th.  (Our government moved 4 holidays to Mondays so that we could enjoy 3 day weekends.)

So today, as we grill our burgers, enjoy time with our families, don't forget to remember those who gave their lives so that we may be free to do so.

Until next time,


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