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Happy Memorial Day

May 31st, 2010

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. 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.
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We celebrated Memorial as most Americans do, gardening, eating and hanging out with friends. On Saturday, my mom and I planted sweet potatoes and peppers in her garden. We enjoyed a cookout with friends on Saturday evening, completes with hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans. We played corn hole, or bean bag toss, or whatever it’s called in your area. And of course we finished out the evening sitting around a fire.

Whatever your celebrations are this weekend, make sure you take some time to think about the real meaning of this holiday and give thanks to those that have lost their lives in service for our freedoms.

How do you celebrate this weekend if you’re an American? If you live in another country do you have a day to commemorate those that died in military service?

8 Comments to “Happy Memorial Day”
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  2. Lynn on May 31, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I’m in the garden planting Blacked Eyed Susan Vines and all the native plants I’ve purchased recently.

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  3. MAYBELLINE on May 31, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Gardening.
    Washing windows.
    Cleaning the patio.
    Hanging out the flags.
    BBQing.
    Giving thanks.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..1st Tomatoes of the Season =-.

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  4. sarah on May 31, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks for another great post. We are gardening, BBQing (thankful for sun today) and of course remembering & honoring those in the military service.
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..The Butterfly Bush ~ Buddleia =-.

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  5. Lynn on May 31, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I’m sorry. The reason for the Holiday has never escaped me. The last couple of days I have been on garden tours looking at bay friendly gardens and the amount of victory gardens were amazing. God Bless our military service.

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  6. deedee on May 31, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    i finished getting the garden planted (finally!), and took two of our boys camping (only one night tho!) @ chain of lakes state park (indiana).

    grateful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. also grateful for those who served in the past, and those currently serving on our behalf. so proud of my brother and his willingness to serve his country as he will be deployed soon. praying for his safe return along with all of the other service men & women separated from their friends and families.

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  7. Donna B. on June 1, 2010 at 8:55 am

    … Is that a Strongbad bean bag set?! Can I tell you that you are awesome? Haha!
    First time commenting, but I’ve been following your blog for awhile now – Love your posts! Always delightful, and fun to read!

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    • Susy on June 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

      Why yes it is our very own homemade Homestar Runner set. One board has Strongbad (complete with silver headband) and the other features Homestar. I made the bean bags with iron on transfers, one set is the main characters (strongbad, homestar, the cheet, and strongsad) and the other is the teen girl squad. Everyone that sees it loves it!

      You can see the bags a bit better here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chiotsrun/4656557765/

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