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May 30, 2011
Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. Service Members who died while in the military service.First enacted by an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War. It was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.
Memorial Day often marks the start of the summer vacation season, and Labor Day its end.
Begun as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War, by the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as ordinary people visited the graves of their deceased relatives, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family get-togethers, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events such as the Indianapolis 500 auto race, held since 1911 on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.

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26 responses

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (30 May 2011):

    Outstanding!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (30 May 2011):

    So simple, so artistic!

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes   gave props (30 May 2011):

    Beautiful!!!

  • Lily, Arapeles

    Lily, Arapeles said (30 May 2011):

    Thank you for sharing the good thought about Memorial day. Yellow flowers also signify, by it's color, "I shall return" or "Laban". More like a Pilipino thing.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (30 May 2011):

    GREAT!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (30 May 2011):

    Wonderful, Litz. Have a happy, happy day:)

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (30 May 2011):

    We just got home from a beautiful ceremony at our local cemetery, where the same thoughts were expressed.....we should not forget the reason for this holiday! Your photo is outstanding!!

  • diana a

    diana a   gave props (30 May 2011):

    love it!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (30 May 2011):

    Looks like a painting! Love it!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (30 May 2011):

    Love ithe picture, Litz and also appreciate the narrative ...Very nicely done/

  • Robin Perkins

    Robin Perkins gave props (31 May 2011):

    beautiful shot

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray   gave props (31 May 2011):

    Beautiful!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (31 May 2011):

    So very fabulous Litz ~ !@!!! :)

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (31 May 2011):

    wo pretty....

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (31 May 2011):

    i love this Litz, a fave of all of yours , fantastic and very touching

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (31 May 2011):

    What a beautiful photo, LG! So painterly! And a good narrative, too. It's a little known fact that Southern ladies began decorating Confederate and Union graves right after the Civil War. The United States borrowed the idea from these Southern ladies.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (31 May 2011):

    this is beautiful!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (1 Jun 2011):

    You should frame this one. So......beautiful.

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (1 Jun 2011):

    Gorgeous!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Jun 2011):

    Fantastic light and shadow show.

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (6 Jun 2011):

    Very beautiful!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (7 Jun 2011):

    Wonderful composition LG! Love the framing, lighting, colours and shadow!

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly gave props (9 Jun 2011):

    An excellent composition and brings to life the words in your narrative. Well done.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    Oh my how I really love this!

  • Dustin Hanoski

    Dustin Hanoski   gave props (26 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful! Love this!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (22 Jul 2011):

    Stellar photography and eye..

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