I always shake my head when I hear someone say "Happy Memorial Day". One of my pet peeves...
The day was set aside to honor those who gave their lives that we might keep our freedom. It started out known as Decoration Day. President Johnson in 1966 declared that Waterloo NY was the birthplace of Memorial Day, but it is difficult to trace the origin. Most likely, the idea began in a number of places and grew to become a national day of remembrance.
Here in Milwaukee, there are two concerts to honor Memorial Day, one by the Knightwind Ensemble at the Zoo at 1 PM, and the other at 5 PM in Memorial Hall at the War Memorial Center downtown performed by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Concert Band. Both concerts will be fun but will also observe the solemn reasons behind the holiday. Certainly, there will be many services at local cemeteries all over the Milwaukee area which will also remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
On a lighter note, I will be at the concert at the Zoo, assisting the Knightwind Ensemble with their last concert of the season. If you are there, stop by and say Hi. I'll be moving equipment to and from the truck.
But please keep Memorial Day as a day of remembrance. Thanks much!