May 27, 2013
By definition Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.
Parades, BBQ's, family gatherings, 5K Runs, fireworks and shopping are some of the ways this day is spent. Girl scouts, musicians, pool and snack shop workers, lifeguards, ice cream shops and more hope today is sunny and well attended. A good part of our nation is happy tombs celebrating without the interference of snow. Other areas are still recovering. Loving on our military past and present is key. God Bless America.
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