Memorial Day Is Monday, Let The Long Weekend Begin!

May 26, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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Summertime and the livin’ is easy. It’s time to let loose! Well, not just yet, but Memorial Day weekend kicks off tomorrow meaning summer is on its way. Depending on where you live, there will be plenty of sunshine and good eats and since you’re probably not working, you may want to sit back, relax and sip a fruity cocktail on the beach.

For more on Memorial Day, including quotes, read on!

Memorial Day 2011 is May 30th and is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May. It was known as Decoration Day in the past. While we celebrate with BBQ’s and beer, Memorial Day is a day to honor those who gave their lives for our freedom. Patch sheds some light on the history:

“…The holiday can be traced to Major General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). General Logan formally established Decoration Day on May 5, 1868, by declaring May 30th to be the designated day for decorating the graves of Civil War veterans with flowers. May 30th has been variously thought of as the holiday for two reasons: 1. Flowers nationwide would be in peak bloom at that time and 2. It was a day of peace; i.e., no known battle had been fought on that day. May 30th remained the official day for the remembrance of veterans until the National Holiday Act of 1971, which designated the last Monday in May to be Memorial Day, thereby insuring a three day holiday weekend.”

Here are some of the best Memorial Day quotes gathered from around the web:

- “Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.” -Bergen Evans

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. -Joseph Campbell

- “In war, there is no prize for the runner-up.” -General Omar Bradley

- “So long as there are men there will be wars.” -Albert Einstein

If you’re in the mood for some irreverent humor, send a friend a Memorial Day E-Card from someecards.com!

Happy Memorial Day!

 


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