Memorial Day May 25th 2009

Happy Memorial Day

It has been a while since I have posted and have seriously neglected my blog. But I have to post about this weekend. It is a weekend of fun in the sun, start of the summer vacations, barbeques, fireworks and much more but we often forget what this weekend is for. Yes we all have the day off to relax but Memorial Day represents our men and women who have died during their military service.

My heart goes to those who have lost a soldier to war, be it your father, mother, daughter, son, brother, uncle, aunt, sister, grand father or grand mother. My prayers are with you and know this can not be a easy day for you.

This day should be the day to remember the good and the wonderful life your love one has had. Remember their smile, their joy, the way of life. Not how they died but how they lived. They died to defend this country.

We need to live our lives as if it was your last day. Enjoy life and don't stress because your neighbors have more "things" then you do. Don't stress because a family member is making money and is more successful then you are. Live your life the best way you know how. I always say "there are always someone that is doing worse they you are" Think of all the people that have no homes, women that are abused and living in shelters with their children, people that have lost their jobs because of the recession, those that lost their homes, those that have health problems with no health insurance. Be thankful for what you have.

We don't realize it but we have control over our own happiness. We are in control of what we do in life. If you are miserable its because you allow yourself to be. A little kindness can go a long way. Just giving a little of yourself can make someone feel really good.

How was Memorial Day started?

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 25 in 2009). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), it was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action

Following the end of the Civil War, many communities set aside a day to mark the end of the war or as a memorial to those who had died. Some of the places creating an early memorial day include Sharpsburg, Maryland, located near Antietam Battlefield; Charleston, South Carolina; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; Petersburg, Virginia; Carbondale, Illinois; Columbus, Mississippi; many communities in Vermont; and some two dozen other cities and towns. These observances coalesced around Decoration Day, honoring the Union dead, and the several Confederate Memorial Days.

So in closing as you have the day off, spend time with family and friends, please remember those that have fallen.


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