Saturday, May 27, 2006

Proud To Be An American

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who died in military service for their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action; now, the day appears to have expanded to include any person who was ever a service member who has since died, and observances of the day appear to be dominated by still-living veterans. One of the longest standing holiday traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Now, many Americans use the date as merely marking the unofficial start of the summer vacationing season, and many government parks and beaches start their summer schedule on the Friday before.

I already have my swimsuit and towel ready to hit the pool on Monday. Courtesy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, here is a list of Memorial Day events around town.

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