May 27, 2007
Holidays in the states have increasingly become excuses to take time off if you have a more traditional job and if you don't and work for yourself, it tends to be a quiet day where you can get a lot done.
Memorial Day formerly known as Decoration Day commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country, with its birth early on to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. Or for short according to wikipedia - honors war dead. It's interesting how easy it is to forget the holiday meaning. For nearly every holiday, I have to make a conscious effort to remember its meaning.
As for me this year, I'm heading into the woods and mountains for some hiking, biking and touring. Perhaps even the ocean at the end of it all. Travel safe all.
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I live in a nice little Northeastern town and my favorite day of the year to live here is Memorial Day. They do this wonderful Norman Rockwell-esque parade followed by a ceremony in front of the town memorial. The parade route is packed with people (it's the one time of year I'm sure to see all of my neighbors) and kicks off with local war vets going back to WWII (the last WWI vet marched about two years ago) and ends with the Valley Forge Military Academy band. In between is everything from the Rotary club to the local little league (not to mention every fire truck within 10 miles). The whole morning ends with a reading of the names of local war dead and a 21 gun salute. It's an echo of a different America and I look forward to it every year.
Posted by: Jim S | May 30, 2007 8:45:58 AM