Memorial Day is here. It is the unofficial start of summer. Yay! I have seen on my instagram and facebook timelines that many of you are indeed in summer mode, having BBQs, hitting the beach, and bringing out the red, white, and blue. Well, I am right there with you. I kicked my unofficial start to summer off with a trip to Ft. Lauderdale where I hit the beach. Today I am rocking my America sequence T-Shirt.
Now, let’s all take a moment to reflect on what memorial day is all about. I’ll be honest I am guilty of not having always been really clear on what this holiday is all about. I have confused Memorial Day and Labor Day because they are the book ends to summer. I have confused Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day because they are both related to celebrating our men and women of the Armed services. So, because we want to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to allow us to have all of this memorial day fun and joy let’s get clear on what we are celebrating today (other than a day off from work). According to Wikipedia:
- Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May.
- Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the country.
- Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces.
So, we all got it now. Today we are celebrating and honoring those men and women who have died in service to this country. They gave their lives to give us the freedom to have BBQs, hit the beach, pull out the red, white and blue and in all ways Chase Joy.
How are you spending your memorial day?