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Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day (U.S.)

posted by Trader-X:

Today is Memorial Day, and I don't think the majority of Americans know why it is observed. They simply look at it as a day off of work, a time to BBQ, picnic, watch sports, and drink beer.

So, here is some information from Wikipedia:

"Memorial Day:
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (scheduled next for May 29th, 2006). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who died in military service for their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.

Traditional observance:
Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A National Moment of Remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. Another tradition is to fly the U.S. Flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time."

Regarding our present-day situation, I believe most Americans forget that U.S. soldiers are dying every day in Iraq (not to mention soldiers from other countries and innocent civilians). I will not introduce politics into this post, as most of you know where I stand on Iraq and our current Administration. But, I think it is important everyone know that (as of Monday, May 29, 2006) the total number of U.S. fatalities in Iraq is 2,464. You can see the breakdown at Iraq Coalition Casualties.

So, if you live in the U.S., take a minute to remember the men and women who died in military service for your country...so you can enjoy your food and beer. And, take a minute to "hope" the current debacle is over soon or the number referenced above will be much higher next year.

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