"MEMORIAL DAY 2016
The start of summer travel, picnics all things summer!
When I was a young lad Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, It didn't become an official American holiday until 1971.
On May 5,1868 General John A. Logan a leader for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a national day of remembrance. Later the date chosen was May 30th. The purpose was to strewing flowers decorating on comrades who died in defense of their country. Soon every city and village in the land took up the practice.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, over 5,000 participants decorate the graves of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
By 1890 all the states had made Decoration Day an official state holiday.
On this date we honor the over 1,100,000 servicemen and women who have died in service to this country. Where as Veteran's Day is to honor all service people.
The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those that have died in service to this nation.
"It's a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day" Moment of remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada.
Enjoy your weekend but never ever forget it's true meaning!
This weekend in the 100 running of the Indianapolis 500. Back in the day I remember A.J. Foyt from Texas, Mario Andretti from Pennsylvania, Unser Brothers from Colorado. Rick Mears, Rodger Ward . Watched the British invasion of Hill and Clark.
Now Castroneves, Takuma Sato, Gabby Chaves to name a few we are now an international race with competitors from all over the world.
Later the same day NASCAR will have the World 600 their longest race. There again to me it lost it's identity when it went for just being a southern old'' boy race to the corporate sport it has become. I miss the Pettys. Yarbrough, Pearson, Lorenzen, Allison , Fireball Roberts and Junior Johnson. Wonder what they think of today's NASCAR?