In the United States this weekend is a holiday weekend.

@GardenGerty (88810)
Marion, Kansas
May 25, 2012 7:24pm CST
We celebrate Memorial Day, honoring those who have died. It used to be called Decoration Day and people traditionally decorated the graves with flowers and sometimes flags, because it originally honored fallen soldiers. This weekend is viewed as the kickoff of summer, and people do lots of fun things, like camp and boat and have barbecues. Many of them have forgotten its more somber meaning. Stores use it as a great way to have sales. I worked today, it is Friday. Tomorrow, Saturday, hubby and I will have a food sampling event. Monday, the "official" holiday, I will work. That leaves Sunday. Sunday we will have church, and a concert by a traveling music group of retired gentlemen. That evening we will have a hymn sing and ice cream social. I am looking forward to those things. Have a great weekend, whether it is a holiday you celebrate or not, and even if you need to work, have some good days as well.
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@katsmeow1213 (28707)
• United States
27 May 12
I get a long weekend.. Sat, Sun, and Mon off. I love paid holidays!! We will go to a parade in town tomorrow and have a cook out at home. I've been meaning to ask hubby if he wants to visit his parent's grave this weekend. They were just buried last weekend but the kids did not get to go.. all the family drama which you read about in my post.
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• Philippines
26 May 12
Hello GardenGerty, I think that is the sad thing about holidays. Sometimes people look forward to it because they see it as a time to relax and have a good time and totally forget what does that certain holiday actually means. I notice that here in our country especially during Holy Week where people go to the beaches and party all they want instead of commemorating the sacrifice that the Lord had to go through for the mankind.
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
26 May 12
Yes, it is sad. Holiday used to mean Holy Day. I hope that some people at least remember what each holy season is about.
@allknowing (54665)
• India
26 May 12
Everything is commercialised these days GG including the'memorial day' This weekend as you call it the 'kickoff of summer' has it got anything to do with the 'memorial day'? A bit confused really.
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• United States
26 May 12
I hope you do get to enjoy all of those places. I was having a cookout but crap happened and we canceled. so,I guess we will find something to gt inot and enjoy ourselves.
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
26 May 12
Sometimes it is better to cancel than to deal with unpleasantness. Have a good weekend whatever you do. Tomorrow's activity is work.
• United States
26 May 12
Our family does a little bit of mourning/honoring and also celebrating too. We usually will go to put flowers on the graves in the morning, and then in the afternoon/evening we have a bbq get together with the family.
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
26 May 12
I wish my family lived near here. That is why I am looking forward to the music and ice cream social.
• China
26 May 12
They say that Memorial Day is on the last Monday of May every year,what a shame, you must work.I wonder how many days you have off for it.You seem to have a tight schdule during the holiday.The Memmorial Day was originally a day of remembrance for the fallen,How can some people take it as ordinary holiday?
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• China
27 May 12
I am in full agreement with you .It has faded from people memory,especially young man ,many of them don't know what happened many many years ago.If only there was no war in the world.
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
If only. I often think of what a great place MyLot is for helping us appreciate each other around the world. I am glad for my MyLot friends and we can celebrate, or sometimes mourn, together and have peace on MyLot, anyway.
• China
28 May 12
I think mylot is one of the most popular sites .It has given me an insight into the lives of the people from different country.Here on mylot ,Its main melody is peace and friendship.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
26 May 12
I have always wondered what Memorial Day was all about. Never thought to ask what it was in aid of. It is the last weekend of Autumn here. Winter starts next week. Nothing special about the weekend here other than that. Oh, apart from a friends 40th birthday party which we are off to tonight. Have an amazing weekend!
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
Enjoy the party. I am assuming that winter there is not very cold, am I right? I learn a lot from my friends on MyLot.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
27 May 12
It was a great party. Very cold outside (well cold for us anyway) but we had a fire in a 44 gallon drum to warm us. No, it never drops below freezing in my part of the world, but it does feel like it sometimes for a thin person like me with not much fat to keep me warm!
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
I could send you an overcoat of flab. . . oh if it were only that easy.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
26 May 12
sounds like a great weekend last weekend we had a holiday in Canada too. Many people celebrate in Quebec they celebrate but not for the queen's birthday, they call it patriot day
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
So "Victoria Day" is in honor of Queen Victoria? I will have to look that up to learn more. I can see that it is appropriate to call it Patriot Day as well.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
27 May 12
yes for Queen victoria but not celebrated in Quebec, in Quebec it is the quebec patriots or something like that, I don't really know because I really couldn't care less I am english so to me it is Victoria Day, and that is not because canadians are that close to the queens of england anymore it is just a national holiday
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
I am actually learning a lot in this discussion. I guess I would say once we have a holiday, we as people tend to hold on to it.
@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
28 May 12
Your memorial day is kind of like our Remembrance day here. meant to remember the fallen soldiers and ones who fought for our countries. We had Victoria Day last week...which is supposed to be a celebration of a queen's birthday. But that is definitely made into a weekend for camping and getting out to the lakes around here.
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
28 May 12
When is Remembrance Day? We have Veteran's Day in November, and I am thinking that is when you have Remembrance Day, but I am not sure.
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@saundyl (9698)
• Canada
28 May 12
I think you're correct. Its on November 11th.
@AmbiePam (45021)
• United States
27 May 12
Man, that sounds incredible. I used to love ice cream socials at church. People would make home made ice cream with their own machines and we would have so much fun. We had those at our previous church. My grandma really gets into decorating graves. Her parents, my Papaw, her brother, ect. My dad can't understand why people do that, but he's not overly sentimental.
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
We were not raised decorating graves. As someone on the first or second page said, their spirits are not there and we hopefully said our last good byes, and I love yous when they were still alive. My kids each put flowers on their dad's grave after they got married. I may go visit his grave this year, but it is out of town, in a cemetery with his grandparents. My mom is near my brother's home, my sister is in some big mortuary in OKC., My aunt is in south east Oklahoma. I just carry them in my heart. As far as ice cream goes, I imagine it will be the large purchased tubs, but we will bring goodies and toppings for it.
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@AmbiePam (45021)
• United States
27 May 12
For some reason my grandma likes to do it. Sometimes I think she sees it as a duty. She and her sisters will do it. She makes her own a lot too. But what's terrible is that some of her arrangements have been stolen. Someone said they once saw a white van going around the cemetery. We think a local flower shop steals them and resells them.
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• United States
26 May 12
This Memorial Day, I will be working. However; I work at the Nevada State Veterans Home where there are a lot of World War II veterans, veterans from the Korean war, Vietnam, and etc. This week end my work is honoring all the fallen solders by having a huge barbecue and music. I love working for this place. All I am is a diet aide and I just serve drinks and cook food for the residents, however; the residents are the reason why I choose to stick around. I love talking to them, hearing their stories, and just simply making them smile and laugh. After all these ladies and gentlemen are the few that risked their lives to keep my country free.
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
Yes, some businesses go on even on holidays. War does not take holidays either. Working with the elderly, especially the veterans is very rewarding.
• United States
29 May 12
Yes I agree. I love them a lot. When one passes I actually get very sad and I grieve. I don't really think the family members know how much I really care about these veterans. Yesterday was a great day. While I worked I stopped to every single one of the veterans and I said thank you for what they did for me and for my country. I care deeply for them and that is why I am still serving drinks and busing tables at this home.
@celticeagle (113017)
• Boise, Idaho
26 May 12
Sounds like a very nice weekend indeed. Is the ice cream at the social home made? I don't think I have ever had homemade ice cream. I remember when I was a young girl my grand mother would fix up dozens of bouquets of mums, poppies, iris, day lilies and probably other flowers too. My Uncle Fred would take her and I around to the different grave yards where my grandmother remembered all the relatives, friends and soldiers she had known down through the years. Every year for many she would do this. I still remember some and I atleast go to the sites and give my regards. Have a nice weekend.
@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
Unfortunately, no, the icecream will probably be the big tubs of inexpensive ice cream. There will be homemade goodies to go with it though and lots of toppings. You cannot go wrong. My family never did the remembrance thing but my first husband's grandmother and aunt did for years. I do not live near there, and do not know if anyone is continuing the tradition. Monday we may go visit my first husband's grave and his grandparents and others who are in that cemetary. All the flowers have bloomed out already, though.
@nikki3 (172)
• United States
26 May 12
I will enjoy my Memorial day and I do hope you enjoy yours as well
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
Thanks, nikki, do you have any special plans?
@Loverbear (4929)
• United States
26 May 12
It sounds like you're going to have a wonderful weekend! I spend the weekend at home, although this weekend is a bit different. Since we have had the quagga mussel invasion in the United States, people who utilize bodies of water for recreation must have their boats and trailers inspected for the mussel. I took the class the 19th and am now certified to inspect the boats and trailers for the mussels. For those of you who don't know about the mussel, it came from Europe in the bilges (ballast holding tanks) of cargo ships bound for the United States. The Great Lakes has infestations of the mussels. The mussels are around a half inch in diameter and it would seem like they wouldn't do much damage but they are a horrible pest! The female can lay up to a million eggs at a time and if only a tenth of the eggs turn into mussels that is 100,000 that can produce another 100,000 mussels. They attach themselves to anything and everything. For those bodies of water infested it ruins electrical production plants, the water, boats, and anything that their tendrils can latch onto. They destroy the water for drinking by sucking all the beneficial biological matter and leaving what I like to call mussel poop behind. For boat owners, it costs thousands of dollars to get the damage repaired from the mussels. To make matters worse, there is only one natural predator of the mussel, which is a fish that is in the Great Lakes and in the body of water in Europe. Unfortunately at the rate of reproduction of the mussel the fish cannot keep up with the mussel. As of yet another way of controlling the mussel hasn't been found so the only way that the mussel can be kept from infesting other lakes is vigilance on the part of the boat owners and the people who have property on the lakes and other bodies of water. Since we didn't have a full time resident in our area that was certified for inspecting the boats, I volunteered. Not what I really wanted to do, but it is something that is needed. So, I will be splitting my time between inspecting boats and getting entries ready for our county fair. I did go to the neighbor's house last night for dinner. It was a ton of fun because one of my favorite neighbors (who is also a clown) was there and we had a LOT of great laughs!! So, during this long weekend, kicking off the summer. Take a moment to remember how we became the nation we are and remember the men that gave their lives so that not only the United States but other countries could be free from oppression.
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
Is this the same thing as the zebra mussel? It is too bad they do not pay you for your inspection duties. My husband inspects seed wheat for about two weeks just before harvest. He enjoys it a lot.
• United States
26 May 12
I try to, but with everything that is going on (I'm in Grad School, so classes and course work are pretty much everything right now) it is hard for me to go to the cemetery to go and visit people. This quarter has been so bad that I barely even have time for my boyfriend, and you cannot imagine how bad I feel about that. My family and I are going to try to celebrate this weekend, but we are all so busy.
@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
If the boyfriend can hang on during this trying time, chances are he is a real keeper. Do find a little time for yourself soon, Okay?
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
26 May 12
Good for you GG atleast you get to spend some time relaxing and enjoying. how i wish it is here too lol..
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
27 May 12
I actually relax a lot, I just do not talk about it. I only work enough to help meet the budget over what hubby receives. I like the special events like tomorrow night especially.
• Canada
26 May 12
Our holiday weekend was last week, in Canada. I've got some money that I had sent to my Bank of America account (I maintain accounts in Canadian and American banks!), and it hasn't hit yet. I ure hope it hits at midnight, because I don't feel like waiting an extra day for the money. B of A is probably SITTING ON IT for the @#$%ing interest! Damn them!
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@GardenGerty (88810)
• Marion, Kansas
26 May 12
Yes, a banking holiday is a good excuse not to give us our money, but it is never an excuse for them not to charge us interest or late fees. Certainly a double standard. I guess I should look up Victoria Day and see what it is all about.
@Nadinest1 (2042)
• Canada
29 May 12
Here is a question for you. I am Canadian and on Nov 11, we have Remembrance Day...to remember our Veterans both living and alive. Doesnn't the US, have a holiday of some sort on this day as well...Veterans day, I think it is called? What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day???
@Nadinest1 (2042)
• Canada
29 May 12
Here is a question for you. I am Canadian and on Nov 11, we have Remembrance Day...to remember our Veterans both living and alive. Doesnn't the US, have a holiday of some sort on this day as well...Veterans day, I think it is called? What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day???
@ladygator (3469)
• United States
26 May 12
Good Evening Garden, This day holds sadness and honor for our family. As well as the families that still grieve for their ones lost to war. I remember going camping every Memorial day when I was younger. The dedication to the ones we lost and honor this day always has made me cry since as long as I can remember.