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Friday, May 23, 2014

Random 5 Friday - Memorial Day

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Taken from Botetourt Sports Complex

On my way home recently I noticed this super awesome sky event and had to pull into the sports complex to get a photo! I'm going to take the weekend off from bloggy land to do some family schtuff! Hope all you in the USofA have a super Memorial Day weekend and those from other lands have a wonderful weekend!

And now I leave you with my random-ness:

1) Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

2) I really, REALLY dislike when people confuse Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. I called out a local newscaster on Facebook last year who posted a status something like "I would like to thank all the veterans who have served our country" on Memorial Day. I explained that this was Memorial Day and for our fallen and there is an actual holiday for ALL veterans called Veteran's Day. She replied, quite snottily that she prefers to thank everyone. I don't think she knew. I still hold that against her. Her initials are JJ from WDBJ7...just sayin....I'm married to a vet and the daughter of a vet...I never confuse the 2 holidays and I think it is disrespectful to do so.

3) Wow, reading number 2, I am quite judgmental...I am...I know it. Sorry...

4) The practice of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers is an ancient custom. Soldiers' graves were decorated in the U.S. before and during the American Civil War. A claim was made in 1906 that the first Civil War soldier's grave ever decorated was in Warrenton, Virginia, on June 3, 1861, implying the first Memorial Day occurred there. Though not for Union soldiers, there is authentic documentation that women in Savannah, Georgia, decorated Confederate soldiers' graves in 1862. In 1863, the cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was a ceremony of commemoration at the graves of dead soldiers. Local historians in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, claim that ladies there decorated soldiers' graves on July 4, 1864. As a result, Boalsburg promotes itself as the birthplace of Memorial Day.

5) "As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation's wars."
John M. McHugh

Be safe and I'll see ya on Tuesday!


18 comments:

  1. Wow Tanya! I would have pulled over to get a shot of this too. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Pretty shot! I would have been annoyed with that newscaster too!

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  3. enjoy your schtuff! :) blessings to you and yours.

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  4. Wonderful sky! Definitely worth stopping to photograph. Have a good holiday break :). I am still on mini break but couldn't sleep (3.40am here)...glad I stopped by!

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  5. Looks like the skies were opening up just for you. Nice shot !

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  6. Great sky shot! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

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  7. A hole in the sky. Dramatic capture, Tanya, love it.

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  8. Heading to the cemetery tomorrow with flowers.

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  9. That is what I call an Old Testament sky. There should be a guy with flowing robes and tablets emerging any moment.

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  10. Some anthropologists link pollen found on prehistoric burials to the likelihood that flowers were laid on the graves!

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  11. That is a really cool sky photo! I think it's important to get the holidays right and know what we are celebrating and remembering on which day. Good for you for calling that person out!

    I've been missing stopping by the past couple months. Hope you've been well!

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  12. Awesome clouds! Have fun away from Bloggyland!! xox

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