a day of remembrance

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Hello Monday with no work. Am I right? Many are excited to have had a three day weekend. Lots do not know the difference between Labor Day and Memorial Day and most are having bbq's on a Monday and couldn't be happier. All are great. But do you know what Memorial Day is about?

So what is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day was originally created after the Civil War. It was a way to honor the people who lost their lives in service to the country during the Civil War.

Before becoming Arlington National Cemetery, the property was a plantation belonging to Confederate General Robert E. Lee

The inaugural celebration occurred on what a reporter called an uncomfortably warm day (May 30, 1868). It was presided over by President Ulysses S. Grant at Arlington National Cemetery. Although not everyone was on board. Many in the confederate South refused to honor the day and instead created their own. This later changed after World War 1 as well.

“If silence is ever golden, it must be beside the graves of 15,000 men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem the music of which can never be sung.
— James A. Garfield - Civil War General, Republican Congressman and later...President of the United States

Like many of the other 10 federal holiday created by congress, it was not intended to give us a launching pad for summer with hot dogs and burgers on the grill. It was actually originally established to help veterans to honor their fallen comrades with out losing a day's wages. whether or not we get the day of fell to our individual states and slowly everyone was getting their bbq on.

Learn about and remember what today is about and what it means. Most of us have someone in our family has served and have probably lost someone to one war or another over generations.It is important that we don't let that type of courage die along with the bodies. We need to keep the stories and memories alive and honor such a sacrifice. Whether you are pro-military or not, these men and women, many of them just babies give up a lot so that we might have the kind of life we believe in as a collective of citizens.

Now, because I know that you can already smell someone grilling and you are itching to put your best almost but not quite summer duds on, I am going to bring this to an end with a fact that I did not know before my research but one that I think is the most important thing for all of us to take note of today.

In 2000 congress passed a law creating a National Moment of Remembrance to occur at 3pm (local time) that everyone in our country take a minute to pause from what we are doing for a moment of silence and remembrance. 

Did you know that? I sure didn't. So join me this year at 3pm, and say a little prayer, a little thank you or just a moment of pure uninterrupted silence to thank these brave people.

Happy Memorial Day Everyone. Stay safe out there, eat a lot, have a moment of silence, eat again. Share memories of some family or friends who may have been lost, laugh, cry then....eat again.