Saturday, May 29, 2010

Decoration Day

Puzzled by the title?  Does Memorial Day ring a bell?  Decoration Day is what Memorial Day started out as to commemorate those who had died in the Civil War, later on it included all service members from all conflicts.  It was first officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 and was first observed on May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of Civil War soldiers at Arlington Cemetery.  It wasn't until after WWI that it recognized all soldiers who had given their lives.  Unfortunately too many people have forgotten the reason for the day.  It's not to have a long weekend or the "unofficial start of summer", but to remember the sacrifice of the men and women in uniform.  So when you are firing up the grill to cook the burgers and the dogs, or walking from your condo to the beach for some sun, take a moment and look around at all you have, because without the soldier and what they gave, there would be nothing to celebrate.

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