Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day

This weekend we observe Memorial Day, but, given the preponderance of mattress sales and "beginning of summer season" pool openings and barbecues, the reason for the holiday has been getting lost in the haze.

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, and was established to remember the Union soldiers who fell in battle during the Civil War. My parents called it that for years after the name was officially changed to Memorial Day and became the focus of a three-day weekend for many people.

Memorial Day is a day for us to remember the sacrifices of those who fought and died during the almost innumerable armed conflicts we have fought lo these many years.

Please take a moment this weekend to remember those who fell in the service to their country, and thank a veteran for their service.

On a personal note, thanks, Dad, for your service to this nation as well.


  1. So - are you goin to the cemetary this weekend? I think we'll go visit Pap and Grumpy. Plus, we'll fly the flag. The Scouts do the chili cook-off as a fundraiser - they do trash duty and the opening ceremony.

  2. Gratias ago vos nostrum patronus quod godspeed!
    p.s.The pool is now open.

  3. The flag is out, cemetery is on the list, and we will drop by the pool shortly.

    I've been to the gym, she's there now, and the grass is cut.

    Pool, here we come!