“We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.”
–Moina Michael, 1915
As we head off for an extended weekend, let me share my sincere thanks to all who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country and way of life.
May each of you enjoy your weekend in the company of family and friends. And, on Monday take a few moments to remember our heros and reflect on their sacrifice.
Here are a few interesting notes about the holiday.
Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. -Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.
In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
Edward Aldama, MBA
Goal Achievement Coach
Author, The Success Habit Secret
I wish for you all the success that you strive to achieve.