It is Memorial Day here in the United States which is a federal holiday celebrated on the last Monday of May each year. It is a day to remember those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces and used to be called Decoration Day. It began after the Civil War to remember both the Union and Confederate soldiers who had died during the war and continues to the present day. I am truly thankful for all who have sacrificed their lives for me and this wonderful country that I live in.
It usually also triggers off the beginning of summer for many people just like Labor Day signals the end of summer. Many festivals are scheduled for this weekend and many people like to have barbecues and parties for this holiday. Aloft (formerly known as Freedom Weekend Aloft) festival is held at our local park which features lots of hot air balloons being launched each day over the weekend.
Whatever you choose to do, I hope you have a safe and fun filled day!
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