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Tradition Decoration Day, Today Known as Memorial Day

submitted on May 27, 2013 by CouponNut in "Member's Lounge"
Traditionally "Decoration Day" has been observed traditionally on May 30th and the Indianapolis 500 auto race held on "Decoration Day", since 1911. Today "Decoration Day" is known as Memorial Day and observed on the last Monday in May which took effect in May, 1971, three years after the Federal Government passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968, hence now a three-day weekend and an unofficial kickoff to summer days ahead. Take a moment and salute a veteran or your military neighbor as a thank you for all they've done.

Parades across the cities of America will bring rememberance to all those who served for our "freedom" with marching bands, local military men & women proudly wearing uniforms and community people working together. Hats off, salute to honor the military of past,present & future.



On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon.It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
 

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    clover
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    Posted by clover on May 27, 2013
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    Very nice CouponNut!
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    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on May 27, 2013 [reply] 0 0
      Thank you clover!
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    Posted by roxytang on May 27, 2013
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    Agreed. It's nice to have the reminder that today isn't just a free day off of school or work (for some).
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    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on May 27, 2013 [reply] 0 0
      Thank you roxytang!
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    Posted by CouponNut on May 27, 2013
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    My mom always said we could wear white shoes after Decoration Day because it was a sign summer was here and we had to stop wearing white shoes after Labor Day.
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    Posted by clover on May 27, 2013
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    Wanted to share....my Great-Granfather was in this Regiment when he came to the USA.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjj1cwafRpQ
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    • CouponNut
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      Posted by CouponNut on May 27, 2013 [reply] 0 0
      Very nice piece of history, I do not think any of my grandparents were in the military because of the age factor.

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