Sunday, May 25, 2008

Three Word Sunday - Birthday and Memorial Day Celebrations!


From our favorite source of information, Wikipedia – In Remembrance of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 9 p.m. US Eastern time. Another tradition is to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers place an American flag upon each grave site located in a National Cemetery.

In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also a time for picnics, barbecues, family gatherings, and sporting events. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Many Americans use Memorial Day to also honor any family members who have died, not just servicemen.

Also........ Remember this post? My DH is so thoughtful. He planned a special & surprising night out last night (Saturday evening). My Mom flew in from Maine and my cousin HT is here too! We should have a great family time complete with a few friends. I will get to tell you all about it later!!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!!

8 comments:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Have a Great Time...
Happy Memorial Day..

Dolores and Shawn said...

It is important to remember those who fought and sacrificed for the freedoms we have today.

sea star said...

Have a blessed Memorial Day Weekend.

OH MY #6 said...

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to my south of the border friends!

Lea

Briana's Mom said...

Love this post! Happy Memorial Day.

DC said...

Thank you for the lovely Memorial Day tribute. Glad I found your blog.

My husband and I are in the early stages of international adoption, so I look forward to following your journey and I hope we can stay in touch.

I am a brand new blogger (I got started just in time for NaComLeavMo), so please stop by and say hello if you get a chance.

http://lupuspie.blogspot.com

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Great tribute to Memorial Day!

Enjoy your weekend!

Lisa

Heather Johnson said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and saying hi! I'll be back often to hear how your adoption process is going - I wish you the very best in your quest.