Did you know that Memorial Day used to be called Decoration Day? That’s a bit of Wikipedia trivia. I assume, Decoration Day referred to the practice of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers and flags like we used to do at my dads grave.

Memorial Day is the day that we, as a nation, set aside to honor and mourn all those military personnel who have died in the service of our country’s armed forces. A day to honor them with gratitude and pride, pagentry and parade, reflection and oration. Today, we acknowledge the debt we owe the fallen for our freedom and the place our nation holds in the world. May the day be filled with memories and peace. Some gave all.

Secondly, Memorial Day is also the unofficial kick-off of summer here in the U.S. of A. And it feels like it here in Grand Rapids, we’ve already hit eighty degrees and I’m struggling to not turn on the air conditioning. I refuse to turn it on before June, just on principle. This is a day to celebrate having made it through another winter with a beer, a burger, and a realization that there was not as much gas in your grill as you thought.

Enjoy the day. Later.

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