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28 May 2012

Remembering those who served on Memorial Day

For many, Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to summer.  It's hot, the pools are open, kids in most school districts have the day off.  However, lets not forget the real reason for this holiday, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom: the soldiers who fought and died while serving our country.
 
(image from here )

Wikipedia states that Memorial Day, "formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War."  The official holiday name change wasn't until 1967 (the bill also moved the date of the holiday from May 30th to the last Monday in May).  The flag is flown at half mast (after being raised to the top and then lowered) until noon, when it is then raised all the way. 
(please note I am paraphrasing information found on the website, unless it is in quotations)

So, as you head out to the pool or a barbeque, please take a moment to remember those who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy. 

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