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What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Throughout history there have been wars and rumors of war.  War is as much a part of the human experience as breathing.  Memorial Day perhaps has its origins in Richmond, Virginia and was formerly known as Decoration Day.  It originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May.  By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  As a marker it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

That is all I will contribute to the history lesson on Memorial Day.  I will however, ask a simple question, “What does Memorial Day mean to you?”  Is it time to break out the grill and celebrate the beginning of summer?  Is it the official signal that the NBA finals are almost over and FOOTBALL is just around the corner?  Is it a reminder that you still need to loose that last 15 pounds or so before you can show that beach body you spent all winter working on?

I am old enough to remember when members of different communities would gather to clear off and clean up cemeteries where their family members were laid to rest.  Actually, those times are probably my first memories of Memorial Day.  Time has a way of washing away traditions like that.

As we prepare for the coming long weekend, I ask that we pause to remember those great Americans that paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we have the freedoms to celebrate this and other holidays as we choose.



See you on the high ground!


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