Homes of Heroes

What’s your weekend looking like?

Memories of picnics, camping trips, an extra day off from school or work and even retail sales mark many a Memorial Day.

This year, working means no special plans for my hubby and me, but I’m grateful just the same.

Late to the parade, as usual, only in my “adulting” years did I learn the reason we celebrate here in the good ‘ole USA.

And just in case you don’t know or it’s a hazy fog, it’s a day for remembering people who died in America’s armed forces.

Following are some fun/interesting facts about the federal holiday I’ve compiled with the help of online searches:

  • NOT the same as Veteran’s Day where the country honors ALL the men and women who have served in various branches of the military.
  • Observed on the last Monday of May.
  • This tradition started after the Civil War (1861-1865).
  • The original name was Decoration Day.
  • On May 11, 1950, the name was changed to Memorial Day.
  • In 1971 declared a holiday by the 37th POTUS (President of the United States).
  • Red Poppies are the official flower.
  • Known as the unofficial start of the summer season.

A friend I know is having a fundraiser for a worthy cause, but other ways to commemorate this special day?

  1. Decorate a veteran’s grave with red poppies and/or a flag.
  2. Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff.
  3. Thank a veteran (My hubby and his brothers).
  4. Hit the road!

In addition to working, I’ll also be remembering those who lie in graves to keep us free because they were brave.

Though it still feels funny to say, “Happy Memorial Day” I wish you one anyway.

Author: Glenda Zylinski

Glenda Zylinski lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Paul. They have two grown sons and two grandchildren.

2 thoughts on “Homes of Heroes”

  1. Thanks for this interesting and informative post, Glenda! We don’t have Memorial Day in Switzerland or West Africa, so I’m never home to celebrate those who gave their lives serving our country. I think all countries should have such a day but few do. Enjoy your weekend!

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