Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day!

Today is Memorial Day, a day where many remember those who have served in the military. Today is a federal holiday, meaning that anyone who works for the government has a day off.  Memorial Day is celebrated on the final Monday in May, so there’s really no guess as to when this holiday is.   Today’s holiday dates all the way back to the civil war and it used to be called Decoration Day. 
Memorial Day typically starts off summer vacation season, even though summer doesn’t start until June, whereas Labor Day ends it. 
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on this day to pay their respect to the people who have served in the military.  Even though I do live so close to the Washington D.C. area, and I have two family members buried in two different military cemeteries, I will most likely not be visiting any.  Personal preference, I’m not about to share my time with my deceased loved ones with strangers looking for a celebration. 
Surprisingly, a lot of people get Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day confused.  So, just to be clear, Memorial Day is the day to celebrate those who have died serving their military whereas veteran’s day is to celebrate all of those who have served in the military. 

So, if you know someone who has died while serving in the military go pay your respects, and if not, and you want to visit some memorials, D.C. has some amazing ones.   

Have a great holiday!!


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