Happy Memorial Day!

I always think of Memorial Day the official start of summer. The pool opens, temperatures are nice and toasty, and the lightening bugs come out to play. I never really thought about Memorial Day as an actual holiday with actual meaning until this year. Sounds silly, right? But it truly wasn’t until my brother joined the Coast Guard that I actually thought about Memorial Day as a day of thanks. I see so many ads for sales and pools and theme parks and other summer stuff that I tend to forget the real reason for today.

Here are a few quick tidbits about the holiday for those that are interested:

  • Originally called Decoration Day
  • Wasn’t a federal holiday until the 1970’s but started after the Civil War
  • Each year at 3 PM on Memorial Day a moment of remembrance occurs
  • Many people decorate the graves of fallen soldiers or pray over their loved ones in the military
  • The first “official” Memorial Day was held in Waterloo, New York when, in 1968, the city closed its shops and decorated graves with flags
  • We now use the date to remember all fallen soldiers, not just those that died during a specific battle or of natural causes after their service

And for those you of that are interested in hitting up some iconic Memorial Day sales, here’s a list:

  • Target sale on clothing and furniture
  • Kawaii Pen Shop site wide sale
  • Walmart (general sale off most things in store)
  • Old Navy 50% off clothing for the family
  • Wayfair 30-75% off site wide
  • Basically all the big businesses are having sales right now, so rather than spam you with the world’s longest list I’ll direct you -> here

See what I mean when I say I get distracted by all the shopping nonsense and forget the reason for the season? If I find the historical timeline for these sale shenanigans, or the economical reason for it, I’ll add an update in the comments:)

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