Why do we really celebrate Memorial Day?


When baby boomers were growing up, Memorial Day was always celebrated on May 30th. In my town, the celebration started with a parade, that frequently included military personnel, both active duty and veterans. The parade wound up in the town’s Memorial Park where those who have died in military service were appropriately and solemnly honored. Afterwards, many of us gathered around a radio to listen to the broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 while others attended family picnics. There was always something to do at the local Veteran’s of Foreign War (VFW) post or the American Legion post. Hopefully, winter was gone and warm temperatures were on the horizon. We were kids.


Now, baby boomers are adults and many are senior citizens. Many of my friends and I share the perspective that Memorial Day is another of the many American holidays that have become highly commercialized. My goal is not to get opinionated or political in this blog, but I am going to give all of you something you can share with your children and grandchildren about how it was when we were their age. Please remember how it used to be.

This is the real meaning of the holiday (as posted on time.com, Tessa Berenson, May 23, 2015)

It’s easy to forget what Memorial Day actually means while you’re sitting by the pool and looking ahead at summer vacation—but the day signifies much more than just a three-day weekend.

Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance for everyone who has died serving in the American armed forces. The holiday, originally known as Decoration Day, started after the Civil War to honor the Union and Confederate dead.

It’s unclear exactly where the holiday originated—Charleston, S.C., Waterloo, N.Y., Columbus, Ga. and other towns all claim to be the birthplace of the holiday. The event in Charleston that may have precipitated the holiday offers poignant evidence of a country struggling to rebuild itself after a bloody war: 257 Union soldiers died in prison in Charleston during the Civil War and were buried in unmarked graves, and the town’s black residents organized a May Day ceremony in which they landscaped a burial ground to properly honor the soldiers.

In the years following the Civil War, Memorial Day celebrations were scattered and, perhaps unsurprisingly, took root differently in the North and South. It wasn’t until after World War II that the holiday gained a strong following and national identity, and it wasn’t officially named Memorial Day until 1967.

The final event that cemented the modern culture of Memorial Day in America was in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Holiday Act, designating Memorial Day as the last Monday in May rather than May 30, as it had previously been observed. This ensured a three-day weekend and gave the day its current status as the unofficial beginning of summer, mixing serious reflection with more lighthearted fun.


Happy Mother’s Day 2018

Mom would have been 102.

As I think back to the wonderful maxims she used to share, at least two of them are so inane, they are silly, but I cannot get them out of my mind today. Food that “sticks to your ribs,” and making sure I was wearing “clean underwear in case I was in an accident!”

Please share this and post similar maxims your mother shared with you and any that you mothers share with your children. And have a wonderful Mother’s Day.mothersday vintage

Some great memories !! Do you remember when ….

Don’t know who created this, but he or she definitely had to be  BOOMER!

It took three minutes for the TV to warm up?
Nobody owned a purebred dog?
When a quarter was a decent allowance?
You’d reach into a muddy gutter for a penny?
Your Mom wore nylons that came in two pieces?
You got your windshield cleaned, oil checked, and gas pumped,
without asking, all for free, every time? And you didn’t pay for air?
And, you got trading stamps to boot?
Laundry detergent had free glasses, dishes
or towels hidden inside the box?
It was considered a great privilege to be taken
out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents?
They threatened to keep kids back a grade if they failed…and they did it!
When a 57 Chevy was everyone’s dream car….
to cruise, peel out, lay rubber or watch submarine races, and people went steady
No one ever asked where the car keys were because
they were always in the car, in the ignition,
and the doors were never locked?
Lying on your back in the grass with your friends
and saying things like, ‘That cloud looks like a…’?
Playing baseball with no adults to help kids with the rules of the game?
Stuff from the store came without safety caps
and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried
to poison a perfect stranger?
And with all our progress, don’t you just wish,
just once, you could slip back in time and savor the slower pace, and share it with the children of today.
When being sent to the principal’s office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited the student at home?
Basically we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn’t
because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs, etc.
Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat.
…as well as summers filled with bike rides,
Hula Hoops, and visits to the pool,
and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar.
Didn’t that feel good, just to go back and say,
‘Yeah, I remember that’?
I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dog Dare to pass it on. To remember what a Double Dog Dare is, read on. And remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care.
Send this on to someone who can still remember
Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, the Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Bell, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk.
Candy cigarettes
Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water inside.
Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles.
Coffee shops with Table Side Jukeboxes.
Blackjack, Clove and Teaberry chewing gum.
Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers.
Newsreels before the movie.
Telephone numbers with a word prefix…( Yukon 2-601). Party lines.
Hi-Fi’s & 45 RPM records.
78 RPM records!
Green Stamps.
Mimeograph paper.
The Fort Apache Play Set.
Do You Remember a Time When…
Decisions were made by going ‘eeny-meeny-miney-moe’?
Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, ‘Do Over!’?
‘Race issue’ meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching The Fireflies Could Happily Occupy An Entire Evening?
It wasn’t odd to have two or three ‘Best Friends’?
Having a Weapon in School meant being caught with a Slingshot?
Saturday morning cartoons weren’t 30-minute commercials for action figures?
‘Oly-oly-oxen-free’ made perfect sense?
Spinning around, getting dizzy, and falling down was cause for giggles?
The Worst Embarrassment was being picked last for a team?
War was a card game?
Baseball cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?
Taking drugs meant orange – flavored chewable aspirin?
Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?
If you can remember most or all of these, you have Lived!
Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their ‘Grown-Up’ Life.

Twenty-one Photos Baby Boomers Will Recognize Immediately.

This is a product of the “Archive Project.” It was simply too good to not share.

  1. Gas was very cheap.
  2. Just one hula hoop wasn’t enough.
  3. Cars were colorful.
  4. We got dressed up for birthday parties, and sometimes ponies showed up. Toy guns made great gifts.
  5. A&P was a top brand.
  6. So was Ben Franklin.
  7. Ice cold soft drinks in small glass bottles were amazing.
  8. Grandmas let us do everything when we visited.
  9. Seat belts were options, and car seats were like couches.
  10. There was only one TV, everyone watched the same show, and it was in black and white.
  11. Dances were special … especially lady’s choices.
  12. Freezers had to be defrosted … and ice cubes took planning.
  13. Notes were written and passed.
  14. We played in the streets. 
  15. A pull-behind xylophone was a special toy.
  16. There were “car hops,” some on roller skates, but no drive throughs.
  17. Skates got “locked” with a key.
  18. The drive-in was the place to be. Sometimes, friends came along in the trunk.
  19. Sunday drives were a thing.
  20. Playgrounds were very different.
  21. TVs had sign off messages. Test patterns helped to sharpen images by adjusting antennas.