22 May 2009

Three day weekend

Memorial Day - according to wikipedia, 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.

Since 1971 Memorial Day is now celebrated by law on the last Monday in May. That year Congress passed the National Holiday Act, P.L. 90-363 to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays.

As we shop the sales, relax on the beach, hit the lakes, savor the outdoor picnics and bar-b-ques, I like to stop and take a moment to remember the reason why we are enjoying an extended weekend. As a former tanker & service member, I am eternally grateful to those who laid down their lives for me.

John 15:13


terri said...

Thanks for the reminder. The real reason is sometimes too easy to overlook.

agg79 said...

My pleasure. Not to appear the downer, but all of these sales and events/parties tend to make us forget the reason.