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Honor Those Who Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice this Memorial Day

  
  
  

With just days before the official kick off to summer, for many, Memorial Day weekend means an extra day off work and fun in the sun. 

Break out your flip flops and head for the mall - but also take a moment to remember the purpose behind this summery celebration.  It’s because of the men and women in the military who have put their lives on the line that we get to celebrate a weekend like this.  Please press pause this weekend and take a moment to remember those who have served, allowing us the opportunity to celebrate and spend time with those we love.

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Here are 5 facts about Memorial Day everyone should know.

1. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day because the tradition was to decorate Civil War soldiers’ graves.
2. It originated shortly after the Civil War and became an official holiday in 1971.
3. Today, a small American flag is placed on each grave in Arlington National Cemetery in an annual ceremony.  The president (or vice-president) makes a speech about the contributions of the dead and lays a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  About 5,000 people attend each year.
4. Several southern states still observe Confederate Memorial Day, a special day set aside for honoring the Confederate dead.
5. A national moment of remembrance takes place each Memorial Day at 3:00 p.m. local time.

However you choose to spend your time this Memorial Day please take a moment to honor the lives of fallen heroes who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. 


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Thank you so much for remembering 
 
Memorial Day for the men and women 
 
who has fought for our freedoms we 
 
enjoy today. 
 
Our family history goes back to the 
 
Revolutionary War when one of my 
 
ancestors fought along side General 
 
George Washington.  
 
And, coming up to date, all of the 
 
men in my family served during 
 
World War II either in the Navy or 
 
Marines. My Dad was a cook on the 
 
USS Shangrla and feed the Rangers 
 
before they stepped onto Normandy 
 
Beach. 
 
Perhaps many of your customers would like to share their heritage 
 
with others during this important 
 
holiday. 
 
 
 
Thanks, Linda 
 
 
 
Posted @ Sunday, May 29, 2011 2:14 PM by Linda Britnell
Linda - tell your family members thank you so much for their contributions to our country! It sounds like you had some extra special reasons to celebrate Memorial Day. Thank you for sharing!
Posted @ Monday, June 06, 2011 11:13 AM by Emily
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