Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day...

It's Memorial Day here in the US and along with marking the start of summer it's also a time to stop and thank all of those that have fought and given their lives for our country.

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Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.

The first picture is of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. I remember going there when I was about 10 and instinctively knew that it was a special, sacred place. The next two pictures are from Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, California. A beautiful and serene place. Walking through Fort Rosecrans gives a person a sense of peace and thankfulness.

Thank you to all of the service members who have died and those still serving as well as their families, for the sacrifices they have made for their country.


  1. Lovely post, Leslie.

    I hope you're having a great Memorial Day with your family. :D

  2. Thanks Hils! We spent most of the day driving. We're at Disneyland this week. :)

  3. Ohhh Disneyland! Have a great time... I have many fond memories of my trips there with the kiddies... :D