As the Memorial Day Holiday approaches here in Colorado, we have been experiencing very unusual weather for this time of year. The Memorial Day weekend is usually the unofficial start of summer and summertime activities like hiking, mountain biking and golf. But because of heavy Spring snowfall and cold temperatures those activities might have to be put on hold for a while. Skiers and snowboarders have the opportunity to spend the long weekend enjoying a little more time on the slopes because Aspen and Arapahoe Basin have reopened some of their trails. Since I am not a skier and have been looking forward to getting outside to enjoy the sunshine and plant some flowers, this Memorial Day Holiday was looking like it was going to be a big disappointment. Then it suddenly dawned on me what Memorial Day is really about!
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day set aside to honor those who have died in service to our nation. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was first observed on May 30, 1868. It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May. Traditional observance of Memorial Day has really declined over the years. Many Americans today have forgotten or have never been taught the real meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. While some towns and cities still have parades, many haven’t held a parade in years. Some people think the day is for honoring all the dead and not just those who have died in service to our country.
To help remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the ” National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000. This resolution asks that at 3p.m. local time, all Americans “to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.” I think that a minute of my time to remember those who have fought and died for my freedom is a small price to pay! How about you?
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