From the History Channel website, "Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer". They have a whole bunch of cool videos about Memorial Day at this link.
I was looking up quotes for Memorial Day and came across this one from Mark Twain, "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." I can't help but think that this is very relevant for today's times. Here's a link for some more great patriotic quotes from brainy quote.
I am off now to a Memorial Day parade this morning. One of my own favorite veterans, Pappy, asked me if I would take pictures of the Memorial Day parade and ceremony that he takes part in. How do you say no to someone that has not only proudly served his country (a couple of tours in Vietnam), his community (he was recently commander of his local Amvets Post 51) but also all his many grandchildren in a myriad of ways (he is my kid's personal driver on occasion)? That's right, you don't! Have a great Memorial Day, everyone!