Beyond parties, white clothes and a day off of work, Memorial
Day is a time to remember the men and women who died while serving
in the United States Armed Forces. Memorial Day is observed as a
federal holiday each year on the last Monday of May.
One of the many observances on Memorial Day is the symbolic
raising of the flag. It is raised briskly to the top of the staff
and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it
remains only until 12-noon, then it is raised to full-staff for the
remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more
than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of
our country. At noon, their memory is symbolically raised by the
living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to
rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and
justice for all.
As a federal holiday, many people enjoy the day off of work.
Many families have traditions of heading to the beach, picnicking
or spending time with family. Perhaps this is why Memorial Day has
also become known as the "unofficial start to summer."
There are approximately 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor
Day, bracketing the summer season. So there is little time to
waste! The sun will be out and so should your white pants, shorts,
skirts, dresses and open-toed shoes. While rules of summer
etiquette aren't as strict as in years past, many people (and
businesses) still adhere, with dedication, to proper etiquette.
So this weekend, enjoy the extra day in the sun donning simpler
summer styles, and be thankful to your predecessors who fought for