Most Americans think of Memorial Day as
nothing more than an excuse to enjoy a                            American Flag
day off from work, oficially begin the summer
season and throw a few burgers on the grill.
But Memorial Day means so much more than that.

Memorial Day
was first celebrated shortly after the Civil War as a way to honor those who lost their lives during our nation's bloodiest war. Originally called "Decoration Day", families gathered graveside to plant or place flowers on the graves of their loved ones. "Dinner on the ground" was held where folks brought food and placed it on sheets or blankets spread on the ground, a precursor to today's 'potluck' meal. A religious service was held, honoring the lives of those soldiers who died in the pursuit of freedom.

Memorial Day is not be confused with Veteran's Day which celebrates all service men and women, both deceased and alive.

We would like to wish all of you who have lost loved ones in any battle a Happy and Blessed Memorial Day and thank you for the greatest sacrifice that a family could ever make.

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