Memorial Day

Posted on May 28, 2010

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So, here in the US, it’s Memorial Day weekend, a 3-day holiday. It’s a time for great sales and grilling food outdoors. Many count it as the unofficial start of summer, and it is all those things. I just ask that, after you lug the big, HD, flat-screen TV that you bought for nothing down and no interest until 2011 out to your car, you pause a moment and remember this:

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed in 1868 by the commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed by placing flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate dead at Arlington National Cemetery. It is our day to remember those who died in the service of their country, to preserve our freedoms and the ideals we still strive to achieve.

Although several Southern states have a separate day for remembering Confederate war dead, the National Holiday Act of 1971 set Memorial Day as we observe it now, to preserve a three-day Federal holiday. In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance resolution that asks 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.”

Personally, I’m going to Veteran’s Memorial Park in Enumclaw, WA; for the Memorial Day service at 10:30 AM, Saturday, May 29th. I’ll be wearing as much of my First Gulf War uniform as still fits, because for the first time in over a decade I’ll be working on a Memorial Day.

Enjoy yourselves this weekend. I know I will!

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