Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day

....... grills are getting fired up, some folks have brought in the hummels, the flag, actually hundreds of flags have been put out in town, friends and families will be getting together to celebrate the first of the three day weekends of the summer season. Thanks to those employees at the State that took the first day of their furlough.

There will be small displays of fireworks throughout the area, and there will be hundreds of parades thoughout our land. Some folks will work on those "to-dos" and the hardware box stores will do a bustling business?

Do you know when Memorial Day was first observed? Try May 5th 1868! It was observed to remember the Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Do you remember the paper red poppies? I do - a poignant memory of my childhood. I wore the paper poppy in the button hole of my coat.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 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."

Take a moment to remember those that have passed...... those that are serving us today.

1 comment:

Old Cable Guy said...

Thank you dad....and thank you Mike!