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Memorial Day: What You May Not Know

27 May
English: Members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment ...

English: Members of the 3rd Infantry Regiment (Old Guard) carry the casket of Frank Buckles to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Memorial Day is the day that the federal government set aside to officially recognize the men and women who have given their lives in service to their country.  Now, I know not everyone supports the military, and I suppose I have to be okay with it, since thousands of men and women died to give you that right.  I, however, DO support our troops, past and present.  I may not always support their actions, or the intent of those giving the orders, but I do support the men and women who sacrifice their time, health, and all too often their lives for my right to think, act and talk any damn way I see fit.

So, in honor of this federally appointed holiday, and countless hours of paid time off of work for millions of Americans, I have compiled a list of things you may not have known about Memorial Day:

  • Memorial Day is to acknowledge those in the military who lost their lives during an American war, not veterans who died during peacetime.
  • Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day” because of the decoration of graves that occurred.
  • The red poppy is a traditional symbol of this day, and in 1924, an artificial poppy factory was created in Pittsburgh, PA, and employed veterans who needed work. Continue reading
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