Happy Memorial Day

By Stephanie, May 28, 2012, News

Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is our day of remembering those that have died in service for our nation. It originally started as a way of honoring the soldiers that died during the Civil War but has since been extended to honor all servicemen and women who have lost their lives in war. Many people honor the memory of the fallen by traveling to cemeteries or other memorials erected for this very purpose. Other wear red poppies as a way of remembering and a way to raise awareness for many charities that benefit servicemen and women in need. The tradition of the red poppies started with a poem by Maria Michael:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She was able to convince friends and family to start wearing red poppy pins, and this tradition quickly took off into the “Buddy” Poppy Program that is still around today. If you have a flagpole in your yard Memorial Day protocol is to keep your flag at half-staff until noon, then raised to the top of the staff afterwards. At 3pm all Americans are also asked to pause for a moment of silence as an act of national unity.

Memorial Day typically starts the summer vacation as it’s the first holiday most people have off at the beginning of the summer. Many towns hold parades or other small events to honor the memory of our soldiers. It’s also a time for the family to get together and perhaps grill out or enjoy the extended weekend with one another. If you’re looking for things to do this weekend check out our posts on cheap grilling recipes and finding Memorial Day sales. We also have a Pinterest Memorial Day board full of more recipes and crafts for the kids if you need additional ideas.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day everyone!

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