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Memorial Day Weekend!
Posted 5/22/2009 6:38:00 AM

Memorial Day – originally called Decoration Day – is observed each year in the United States on the last Monday of May to commemorate U.S. men and women who died while serving in the military. This federal holiday dates back to the Civil War when it was enacted to honor Union soldiers. After World War I, however, it came to include American casualties of any war or military endeavor.

Millions of Americans on Memorial Day honor other family members who have passed on.  It is a time when many visit cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 2pm Central Time each Memorial Day. Traditions include flying the United States flag at half-staff from dawn until noon. Volunteers often place American flags on gravesites at National Cemeteries.

Widely considered the “unofficial” beginning of summer, Memorial Day has evolved into a time for family gatherings such as barbecues, picnics and reunions.

Whatever Memorial Day means to you, I wish you and yours a great one!

Fred Hendrickson
Posted By: Fred H.  

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  1. Mary Thacker posted on 05/25/2009 07:14 AM
    Hey Fred Just wanted to tell you what a wonderful way to remind people of special Holidays..and their true meaning. I am a veteran and just a mother to my 2 dogs. I still get "teary eyed" when I see family members remembering those who have fought in wars and died. Fortunately, I haven't had to see this, YET. Thanks Again.
  2. Fred Hendrickson posted on 05/25/2009 03:44 PM
    Mary, Thank you so much for your comments — and for your service! Many of us take our freedoms for granted at times, forgetting all those who sacrificed to preserve it. Memorial Day is a great reminder.
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