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As most of you know, in the United States we celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday in May.  It is the day we honor all Americans who have died while serving their country and defending its freedoms.  Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the that war.  It was officially declared into Federal law in 1967.

 

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I regrettably admit that growing up, Memorial Day was just another three-day weekend to relax and hang out with the family.  It was a great occasion to barbecue or go catch the latest movie blockbuster.  Many enjoyed the great department store discounts while others watched the Indianapolis 500.

 

Don’t get me wrong, enjoying the long weekend with friends and family is great.  Everyone needs some R&R to recharge the batteries.  But as we kick-back this weekend let’s remember in gratitude all those who laid down their lives so that as Americans we can enjoy the freedoms they died to safeguard and protect.

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Happy Memorial Day.

 

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