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Celebrate Memorial Day

May 25, 2012

This Monday, May 28, is Memorial Day, a national holiday and the unofficial start to summer. Besides barbecues, sun, and fun, it’s also a day to remember the men and women who died while in the U.S. military service.

Many observe this holiday by marching in parades, and visiting cemeteries and memorials. In Michigan, as part of their Gold Award Project, three teen Girl Scouts gathered people from the community to help clean up tombstones and monuments facing the cemetery where their town’s Memorial Day parade is held.

Last Memorial Day, 75 Girl Scouts from East Syracuse, New York, placed 2,000 flags on military graves—over each, the girls read the name and thanked that person for serving. Girl Scouts in other parts of the country, such as Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, also decorated military graves with American flags.

In 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, to take place at 3:00 p.m. local time, asking Americans to take a brief pause in their activities to pay tribute to those who died in service to our country.

Let us know how you celebrated Memorial Day, the unofficial first day of summer…and a day of remembrance!