Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everyone!


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Sep 24, 2016
Frankfort, Ky
We hit the water early this morningā€¦..still waiting on the sun to burn off the morning clouds. Hope everyone has a fun and SAFE weekend. Cheers! šŸ‘
take a moment over the weekend to remember and give thanks.
Thinking of my late Grandfather who stormed the beaches of Normandy and luckily made it homeā€¦ā€¦..otherwise I wouldn't be here! Dang diabetes got him, though. I sure miss him. Man, did he ever LOVE to talk about the war!
Thanks to ALL our Veteransā€¦..and to the ones who didn't come homeā€¦..you are loved, missed and NOT forgotten.
Boating on the south shore of Long Island can be chaotic, if not dangerous. My daughter was out early this morning with her husband and two sons, who are 4 & 5 years old. She said that the boating traffic was so crazy that they had to return to the dock for safety reasons. Just think what it will be like after a few hours of evening alcohol consumption. :rolleyes:

Have a great holiday everyone and a SPECIAL THANKS to all who have served in uniform.
Hope all have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day, also remember who picked up the tab so that we might live in this Nation free, we honor and mourn the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces at this time, and those who have served and continue to serve so we can be free to have this day of remembrance, God Bless and keep them all.
OK, the wife and I are locking up the house this morning and on a road trip for two months in Alaska, all take care and stay safe.
In part, from this wiki page:

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day,[1] is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the U.S. military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.[2] From 1868 to 1970, it was observed on May 30.[3] Since 1971, it is observed on the last Monday of May.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many volunteers place American flags on the graves of military personnel in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial beginning of summer.[4]

The first national observance of Memorial Day occurred on May 30, 1868.[5] Then known as Decoration Day, the holiday was proclaimed by Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic to honor the Union soldiers who had died in the American Civil War.[6] This national observance followed many local observances which were inaugrated between the end of the Civil War and Logan's declaration. Many cities and people have claimed to be the first to observe it. However, the National Cemetery Administration, a division of the Department of Veterans Affairs, credits Mary Ann Williams with originating the "idea of strewing the graves of Civil War soldiersā€”Union and Confederate" with flowers.[7]

Official recognition as a holiday spread among the states, beginning with New York in 1873.[7] By 1890, every Union state had adopted it. The world wars turned it into a day of remembrance for all members of the U.S. military who fought and died in service. In 1971, Congress standardized the holiday as "Memorial Day" and changed its observance to the last Monday in May.

Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Armed Forces Day, which is earlier in May, an unofficial U.S. holiday for honoring those currently serving in the armed forces, and Veterans Day on November 11, which honors all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.[8]