Memorial Day Monday

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S., a national ‘howliday’ where we remember all those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Originally known as Decoration Day back in the years after the Civil War (when Union and Confederate soldiers honored their dead by decorating their graves with flowers), it has morphed into the current form honoring all Americans who died serving their country.

Today is also the ‘unofficial’ beginning of the summer vacation season and as too often the case here, has been co-opted into a shopping frenzy with Memorial Day sales. It will be a quiet day of reflection at the Ranch, especially given the turbulent climate around the world. Today we honor those in our family who served their country and say a special prayer for the 4-legged who have also served this nation with distinction.

What plans do you have for this 3-day howliday?

Live, love, bark! ❤︎

30 thoughts on “Memorial Day Monday

  1. We relaxed as well. And ate WAY WAY too much at a cookout where we also spent time sharing stories we have heard about The Greatest Generation. God Bless our troops (those fallen and those still with us) as well as their families and our canine heroes too. ❤️

  2. A quiet weekend for us too. I don’t like when holidays get co-opted into shopping frenzy days. I’d far prefer to relax at home!

  3. We agree that Memorial Day has become another commercial holiday for too many. We save our celebrating for the 4th of July and remember those who sacrificed all for our freedom on this day. ♥

  4. When I was a child, my parents always took us to the cemeteries on Memorial Day to put flowers on my grandmother’s and other relatives graves. I always think of that on this day, as well as all who sacrificed for our freedoms.

  5. I walked in a charity run/walk this morning for the American Cancer Society – 4K walk. Others did a 4 mile run. I have run before, but not this year. If the rain holds off, I plan to play tennis later – no BBQ or shopping for me.

  6. Thank you for reminding me of the almost-forgotten term, “Decoration Day.” My Grandma lost her youngest son in WW II, and we always honored the day with a freshly mowed lawn, backyard picnic, and watching the Decoration Day Parade march past our house. It was the one day of the year where complete strangers felt at home setting up their aluminum and nylon lawn chairs in stranger’s front yards in order to watch the parade. There were horses and baton twirlers and the American Legion Band and the fez-topped group of men whose name escapes me. Wow, I’m typing a post. Sorry. 🙂 Anyhow, the parade ended in the cemetery at the end of our block, and we always visited the graves afterward. Phew. That’s all.

  7. As I’ve already said on other blogs: as a German born 2 years after WWII, I’ve always been and will always be grateful to those heroes that gave their lives so that I could grow up and live in freedom.

  8. Happy Memorial Day everyone! I think we’ll have some fun times hanging out with our dogs and maybe taking Momar to the store with us since he’s certified a Service Dog for my mom. Hope everyone has a good one!

  9. Love this post! I agree 100%! Today we will mostly just relax and remember our own family members who served our country. (We do have to do some food shopping though. Ugh!)

      1. Thanks! I wish I could postpone, but the only food in the house is in cans and a bag from Chewy. And maybe some peanut butter. While I could get by with the pb, hubby would be grumpy and snarky all. day. long.

  10. memorial day sales… that’s candy in the ears of the mama… but we rather stay away and cook all american food while remembering our heroes…

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