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America's Memorial Day Weekend

21. May 2012 by Christy 0 Comments

This Saturday marks the start of Memorial Day Weekend, a time when Americans will remember the men and women who gave their life for the United States and celebrate the unofficial start of summer.


Celebrated each year on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is a federal holiday. While the holiday honoring America’s fallen soldiers has always been significant, it is now especially important due to the losses America has suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan.


This year Memorial Day falls on May 28, and millions of Americans will observe the holiday by leaving flowers and wreaths on soldiers’ graves, attending festivals and parades held in honor of military men and women, and remembering those who lost their lives. Many newspapers and television shows will also run feature stories about the heroes who have died in service. As a sign of respect, businesses, government entities, and private citizens also fly the American flag at half-staff.


The weekend isn't all somber, however. Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial start of summer so there are lots barbecues and picnics on this day. Many Americans enjoy relaxing at the pool, beach, or lake during the three-day holiday weekend. Department stories and other retail outlets hold special sales.

 

If you're chatting with a special gentleman this weekend, be sure to wish him a happy Memorial Day Weekend!