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Memorial Day is almost here, great picnics, great food, great friends, right?  And one of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.

But do you know the real meaning of this day?  Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was to honor our service members who died fighting for our country. Decoration Day was designated to be on May 30, but some time ago, our government in all its wisdom, decided to make it the last Monday of May so that federal employees would have a 3 day weekend.

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials.  A National moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 PM local time.  Another tradition is to fly the American flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.  Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars take donations for poppies in the days leading up to Memorial Day, the poppy became the symbol of Memorial Day as the result of the poem "In Flanders Fields".

 Over time, I think the true meaning of this day has been lost.   So while you are enjoying your picnics, food and friends, take a minute to remember the real reason for this holiday, and say a prayer of thanks for the people who died so that we can enjoy all of these things.

Comments (4)

Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Thanks for the read and have a wonderful holiday!

May 30, 2010 04:59 AM
Colleen Fischesser Northwest Property Shop
NextHome Experience - Chelan, WA
A Tradition of Trust in the Pacific NW since 1990!

I was doing some reading about the holiday recently and discovered the reason behind the red poppy which is often handed out by VFW old-timers this weekend. Indeed we should all take the time to stop amidst the fun and remember those who have given their lives for our country.

May 30, 2010 05:02 AM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Have a great holiday, and thanks so much for the reminder for us all to take some time to think about those who fought so hard for us to be able to enjoy our wonderful country the way it is ....

May 30, 2010 05:04 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

An excellent reminder of how much we owe to those who created/maintained what we enjoy today.   

May 30, 2010 05:41 AM