Monday, May 30, 2011

Help Aging Parents: In Honor of Memorial Day 2011

Memorial Day is a time to remember that not all parents can age well. Some give the ultimate sacrifice in times of war, leaving widows and children; others receive injuries that change their lives forever.
Memorial Day, commemorating those who died in military service, was originally called Decoration Day. Its early observance--on May 30th as a time to decorate the graves of war dead with flowers--came in 1868, 3 years after the Civil War.
It was expanded to honor those who died in all American wars at the end of WWI. And in 1971 Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday, taking it from a 1-day holiday observance (unless it fell on a Friday or Monday making for a 3-day weekend) to a Monday observance that created the 3-day holiday weekend we observe today.  (For a full history click:
From the LLMilitaryWife's YouTube video of this year's Memorial Day ceremonies at Flanders Field, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu: the reflections of a columnist for the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, 
...and the personal experiences of a San Diego (CA) writer, 
we sample this weekend's thoughts and tributes. Help Parents Age Well honors those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
This Post replaces Tuesday's regular post.

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