Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Greetings! Since the A to Z Challenge ended, I seem to be flailing a bit, as far as figuring out what to write about. Not to worry, I’ll be back on track soon. In the meantime…

Just for fun, here are five things you might not have known about Memorial Day, to be celebrated this year on Monday, May 28th.

1.) The first Memorial Day was in 1865 and honored those who died in the Civil War. It was originally called Decoration Day, because people decorated soldiers’ grave sites with flags and flowers. Later, the name was changed to Memorial Day to remember all Americans who died in any wars or conflicts.

2.) In 1971, Memorial Day was officially moved from May 30th to the last Monday in May, a practice that also took place with other holidays in order to create a three-day weekend. Some people disapproved and thought it defeated the purpose of remembrance and undermined its meaning. Some of the most common Memorial Day activities include:

  • Parades
  • Picnics and Cookouts
  • Road Trips
  • Camping

3.) A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00pm local time, thanks to the National Moment of Remembrance resolution, passed in 2000.

4.) Memorial Day Weekend is notorious for huge summer movie openings. This year, the hype is surrounding Men in Black 3. Go see it and tell us what you think!

5.) 7 BILLION?!?! That’s how many hot dogs Americans will eat this between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

When did eating hot dogs become a sign of our patriotism? Confession: I do feed my kid organic chicken hot dogs. Beyond that, I don’t want (or need) to know much about them.

All kidding aside–

Regardless of your political/religious/philosophical leanings, this holiday weekend is a great opportunity to reflect on the privileges and comforts afforded to us by the individuals who have fought for our freedoms and who continue to serve their country.

Happy Memorial Day! And feel free to share some pictures of your favorite service persons with us over at A Common Sea.

(Sources: aarp.org, wkrq.com)

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A to Z Challenge: Reflections

Great job on the A to Z Challenge, everyone!

And thank you to all of my readers, old and new! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Hopefully I was able to visit all of you as well. I’m so glad that I participated for the first time in this year’s challenge, even though I flaked a little bit at the end. (Hey, I came across quite a few other bloggers who threw in the towel after only a few posts. So kudos to everyone who completed each letter!)

Wow, I wrote nearly 7,000 words over the course of the challenge. That might not seem like a lot to the professional authors among you, but it feels good to see all of my blurbs add up to something.

I don’t have any deep reflections to offer, but I wanted to share that I’ve learned so much from the other writers and bloggers who participated. I made connections to other like-minded people, while also getting exposed to styles and interests that were waaay different from my own.

It was fun to see people have the exact same ideas or words for their topics, especially when they took their posts in completely different directions.

Bottom line: I learned a lot and can’t wait for next year’s challenge….