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Memorial Day

I originally decided to do a Memorial Day Blog to wish each of you a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend.  However as I started to think about Memorial Day Weekend activities, such as Camping, BBQ’ing, picnics, family gatherings etc…I also started thinking of what Memorial Day truly is about.

Memorial Day, Formerly known as Decoration Day, commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service.  Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Ways to observe Memorial Day in 2010 –

  • Put flags or flowers on the graves of soldiers.
  • Visiting cemeteries and memorials.
  • Display the American Flag at half-mast until noon.
  • Observe the “National Moment of Remembrance” which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to “Taps”.
  • Offering thanks to the veterans and appreciating the ultimate sacrifices of the soldiers to the families

So in reflection, I do wish each of you a very safe and happy Memorial Day.  But I also would like to thank all of those that have died, served, or had family members that served our country.  Your service is greatly appreciated, and you are remembered on this day, and all days that follow.   THANK YOU!

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