Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day

This weekend marks the start of the summer season and many people use it to gather with family, cookout, and go shopping.


However, Memorial Day originally began as Decoration Day after the Civil War. The process of decorating soldier's graves became widespread and in 1882 Decoration Day officially became known as Memorial Day. A day in memory and honor of those who gave their lives in war.


Most American celebrate this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A moment of remembrance takes place, nationally, at 3 pm local time. Typically the U.S. flag is flown at half staff from dawn until noon.


Please remember to take just a moment this Memorial Day to thank a veteran, or current service member, for their service to our country.




23 comments:

  1. Decoration Day seems to be more of a big thing in the South. I actually had to have my employer explain what it was where she came from. Anyway- have a good Memorial Day!

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  2. Hope you have a Happy Day!!!

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  3. Please allow me to honor your veterans and servicemen, the whole world depends on theit efffort and sacrifice.

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  4. Thanks for explaining your Memorial Day. The statues are excellent. I find it difficult to comprehend war; there must be a better way to solve problems. So many young lives lost or ruined.

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  5. Well, I'm too far away to thank any of your 'boys' personally, so for every one you thank, my thanks is in there too :)
    They are remembered always in my prayers along with our own 'boys' and I pray especially for families who are hurting over losses sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I remember those. too, from further back - especially those who fought with us in the World Wars....
    Some may forget it - we never will

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  6. Very well stated. Hope you and your family are enjoying the long weekend. :)

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  7. Hope you have a great Memorial Day! :-)

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  8. Thanks for the reminder... great photos.

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  9. Thanks for that bit of 'education' on the history of the day.

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  10. Well said. Hope you're having a nice long weekend. Btw, I've never been to Destin. If you have the time, you should make your way south. I bet your family would love exploroing the Tampa Bay area.

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  11. I like the sound of Decoration Day. And your cake below looks sinful! I might try it if I didn't eat 4 whoopie pies over the course of this weekend!

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  12. A definite time to remember our American heroes, now and from the past. Richard from Lebanon county's Amish settlement.

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  13. Very thoughtful rememberence words for out soldiers. Some folks don't even know what the day is for -- some think sales at stores -- barbara

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  14. a very nice tribute. And thanks to all who gave their lives protecting our freedoms and giving others a chance to live free.

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  15. may you all be able to remember peace, light and happiness.


    daily athens

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  16. We went back to my family's cemetery for services on Sunday. SO LOVE the gathering of a community to honor such great people and family members who have gone before us.

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  17. Wonderful and thoughtful post, Farmchick.

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  18. I honored those that served our country by volunteering to help the community. They serviced their country and community in their lives, I do well to emulate that in mine.

    I did the grilling (sometime in the early part of the weekend) and bought something that was on sale because of the day, but as I blogged about it was the service to community that was important.

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  19. In the UK, the armed services do a great job and are usually under appreciated for it by the general public. Some feel that are used by Government officials but they do a difficult job as they are caught between a rock and a hard place.

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