Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

Lately, people have gone out of their way to remind us, and I hope the word is getting across.  We've all fallen into the trap of thinking of Memorial Day as the first pool or beach weekend, a time for good deals on carpets, cars, and washer/dryer combinations, a good reason to haul out the grill and fry some burgers and franks.  Sure, those can be part of Memorial Day, the federal holiday on which the men and women who died serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.  It started as "Decoration Day," a salute to fallen soldiers from both sides in the Civil War.  So it goes back that far, and it's still good for us to remember the reason we pause from our usual endeavors today and say homage to those who died in service.

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