A solemn observance

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Memorial Day is a solemn occasion but it can also be a time for family togetherness.

Originally it was simply a time to put flowers on the graves of deceased veterans and called Decoration Day. State by state, the day of May 30 became a day for not only decorating graves but also for ceremonies of observance for the deceased.

Eventually this became a federal holiday known as Memorial Day, now observed on the last Monday in May.

We are pleased whenever we see families with young children observing the holiday together. As summer arrives, family members often go their separate ways to pursue individual activities.

Memorial Day is an ideal time to strengthen the ties that bind a family together. It is also a great time to discuss ancestors, other relatives and acquaintances who have paid the ultimate price in service to their country.

Both seriousness and fun are appropriate this Memorial Day weekend.