day of remembrance

Today is Monday and a national holiday here in the United States.  We celebrate Memorial Day today to honor those that have died while in service fighting in any war.


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But as usual, with most holidays, we decide to celebrate it for something else.  Memorial Day is now celebrated as the unofficial start of summer, picnics and camping season.


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From Keystone RV Company website article ‘Why You Should Never Wish Someone a “Happy Memorial Day”’ –

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day as a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.  Since Memorial Day honors those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation you should not wish someone a “Happy Memorial Day.”

The above-mentioned article has ‘11 Facts You Didn’t Know about Memorial Day’ – click the link above to find out what those facts are.

Whether you live in the United States or another country, let’s not forget the many brave people who have died in the many wars of this world’s history.


36 thoughts on “day of remembrance

  1. Australians celebrate ANZAC Day (similar to Memorial Day) in April. It’s a fairly sombre day, starting with a dawn service. That said, the old servicemen often end up at the RSL (Returned and Service League) Club for a few drinks and a game of two-up (gambling).

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    • There are many ceremonies that place here in the US, with many of them attended by the veterans who served in wars of long ago. The younger generation, I do not think understand the importance of Memorial Day. Thank you Peggy, you make everyday for me special. 🙂

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    • ANZAC Day is our memorial day too in New Zealand — commemorated in much the same way as our Aussie cousins. One of the really heartening things I’ve noticed over the years is the growing number of young people attending dawn services; often quite small children wearing medals awarded to grandfathers and great grandfathers. It all helps us not to forget their sacrifice.

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      • I think it is important for the young people to understand the meaning behind Memorial Day. Sadly, that is not the case here – many young people here take for granted the freedoms we have. Thank you Su, for taking the time to read and comment – I appreciate you letting me know about ANZAC Day, I learned something new today. Have a happy week dear. 🙂

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        • Perhaps that difference is that ANZAC Day was a really defining moment in the national identity of both NZ and Australia. It’s harder for us to ignore.
          I hope you are doing ok, and getting some pain relief. 🙂

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  2. Perfectly put. Let us hope that whilst enjoying the start of the picnic and summer fun season, people at least stop for a moment and remember that without those who served in the name of Freedom, that there would be no pretty parties at all. 💜

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      • Oh Terry, I do so hope! I would tell you privately of my woes but I haven’t the courage to blog about them. At worst we face another nearly 2 years living as we did before – he there, me here. All because I did something stupid which isn’t even viewed as a crime in the US. Do you think I should write about it or do you think I would risk upsetting the apple cart even more?

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        • My dear Osyth, that question is not for me to answer. Your life is to be told by you when and if you are ready. My feelings for you will never change and I in a way am being selfish about our friendship I wish upon you and your life all good things, happiness and joy. Your best friend, Terry 🙂

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          • Thank you dearest Terry. That means so much to me. I just want to get back in part so that I can come see you. We still have to share those laughs and tears together (and a cupcake and ice-cream if you are willing …) 😊

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  3. Wonderful post my friend…..I spent much of the weekend thinking about the family members we lost in all the wars….I counted 6 with the help of my uncle… thankful to all those that gave the ultimate sacrifice for us……hugs my friend….kat

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