Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the U.S. to remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Originally known as "Decoration Day" this holiday began after the end of the U.S. Civil war as a way to commemorate the fallen Union Soldiers.  Southern ladies' organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.

Many people observe the holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorial services for their fallen loved ones. It's traditional to fly the U.S. Flag in front of you home from dawn to noon at half-mast and then fully open after noon,.

While originally known as "Decoration Day", in 1968 with the passage of the "Uniform Holidays Bill" the holiday became known as "Memorial Day" and the date was changed from the last day in May to the last Monday in May.  Many families now observe the holiday by remembering loved lost ones and having a picnic.

In remembrance of the soldiers in my family who fought and served their country,  I will be giving away a "Patriotic" pair of earrings like these:

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Simply leave a comment below letting me know how you are observing Memorial Day.  Open only to U.S. and Canada.
Contest to run through Friday, June 1, 2012.


  1. I will be doing laundry, cleaning the house and reading. Hubs has to work today. :(


  2. What a beautiful post. Thanks so much. We will be spending the day at my hubby's aunts house.

  3. Happy Memorial Day to everyone.
    I am just spending the day hanging out at home, probably do a little laundry (what fun, lol) and definitely reading. I spent yesterday with my parents, brother & his boys. And Friday was spent at my oldest niece's hs graduation!
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  4. Wonderful post! My daughter's bday falls on Memorial Day this year, so I let her pick what we are doing. Thankfully she picked eating out at a Tex Mex restaurant so I didn't have to cook =)

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those earrings :-)