Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

May 22, 2009 at 7:51 pm Leave a comment

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Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died serving our country, and this Monday promises to be one of the most celebrated in American History. To be closely followed by the end of planned combat in Iraq, America will reflect on seven years of elongated war and the loss of hundreds of thousands of Americans over the course of our country’s history. Here’s a little bit more on Memorial Day traditions, if you’re curious:

It was first celebrated on the 30th of May 1868, and was known as Decoration Day. The alternative name of “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882.

Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials; and a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. Another Memorial Day tradition is to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers often place American flags on each gravesite at National Cemeteries.

Also, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars take donations for poppies in the days leading up to Memorial Day; the poppy’s significance to Memorial Day is the result of the John McCrae poem “In Flanders Fields.”

In addition to remembrance, Memorial Day is also used as 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.

Some Americans view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of Summer and Labor Day as the unofficial end of the season (with the 4th of July as the very hot middle). In the Northern United States, it is the traditional weekend in which people reopen pools that had been covered for the winter.

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