It’s time once again to turn our attention to Memorial Day. Sadly now considered just the kick-off weekend to summer, Memorial Day developed as a day set aside to honor our war dead to celebrating lost love ones. Although today people often just buy something plastic to stick into the ground, if they do anything at all, it used to be a ritual to decorate graves. Peony bushes normally bloom around Memorial Day and often people gather bouquets of peonies to decorate the graves. So tomorrow, even if it isn’t your family tradition decorate the graves or at least remember lost love ones, attend your local Memorial Day, and at 3 pm observe a minute of silence to remember and be grateful.
Learn more about the history of the day, here:
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And be sure to watch my Memorial Day video:
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