Memorial Day, We Salute You

Typically, if you ask someone what Memorial Day is, they would reply, “Picnics, Potato Salad and a day off of work”.  Duh!  But what is it really?  Where did it come from?  Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that honors soldiers. We all know it’s observed on the last Monday of May, that’s the easy part.  Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day.  It commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service.  Digging a little deeper, it was first enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War.  It could have also helped smooth over the little quarrel between the North and the South…just a thought.  Memorial Day was then extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars. 

The flag has its own duties to perform on Memorial Day too! The flag hangs out at 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 signifies the remembrance the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.

These mini cards were designed for a great idea that my friend at work is doing for her friend, Dawn, who was just deployed to Afghanistan.  She gave her friend a charm bracelet before she left that signifies America and of course her friend Dawn.  She then is sending her a charm every week.  Each little card goes with a charm and they have a ribbon on the front to tie the charm on. 

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