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The Real Meaning of Memorial Day

                                                                            
Are you aware that when Memorial Day was originally created, it was called Decoration Day?  I didn’t know that until I was an adult. In my 20s and still today, I’m a History addict. I love learning everything I can about the History of the World especially  about my country, the USA. There have been many events in America that we got wrong. But there is WAYY more events that occurred, that the U.S. got right. 🇺🇸  


                                                          

DECORATION DAY

Decoration Day originated after the Civil War. It eventually became Memorial Day and then a Federal Holiday, in 1971. It’s meant for us to take the time out and recognize the people who did fight for your freedom. It’s meant for Families to honor and remember those family members that they miss dearly. And we pay our homage by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. 

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.  The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

Did You Know?

Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.


                                                

In my eyes ,The Civil War  ranks either the most important war of U.S. history or the 2nd most important.  We can’t forget the American Revolution.  In The American Revolution, we gained our inpendence from England and with the Civil War, slavery ended. I wonder what the world would like be without these two critical events occurring.  In every War, countless brave men and women give up their life , to help evolutionize the world. When you sit and think about , it’s a selfless act.  Earlier this week, I was watching one of favorite shows, The Americans. The character, Pastor Tim, counseled the main characters of the show, Elizabeth and Phillip , about not standing in the way of their sons’ dream and goals. The son wants to finish his  schooling abroad but , the parents had a difficult time seeing how this was a benefit to their son.  Pastor Tim’s advice was the best line of the episode. ” You can’t predict what a person’s life is going to be and you can’t deny them the challenges that will shape them.”  The parents learned they had to let go and let him pursue his purpose.  The men and women who fight, probably didn’t imagine how their actions would help create America as the leader of this world , a country that many around the world wants to live for a better quality of life. But their actions did and shouldn’t be ignored.  Many families have been left with holes in their lives because of the losses.  And although you hurt, I thank the families for recognizing there is a bigger purpose being served. 

I know the older these rituals are, people who didn’t feel the pain of the many losses believes it’s day for them to party, cook out and sleep.  This Memorial Day , I ask people to put our wants and needs aside for a day, and honor those who sacrificed their lives for us. And for those that have survived  war, take the time to learn their stories.  Soak in the history lessons either by their first hand experience or the events that changed their lives forever. Since I was about 8, talking to my grandparents and their friends about the events that have occurred in their life, is still one of my favorite. All my grandparents are deceased now, but I can still tell you word by word about their history. And knowing those events, has kept them alive in me. They are apart of me. I learned respect and appreciation for people. And especially those people that have gone through very hard times and survived it. This Memorial Day,  I am going to accept the call to action to celebrate our veterans by visiting the Georgia War Veterans Nursing in Augusta.  Like the days, I was sitting on my Granny’s porch in Charleston, S.C. ,listening to the stories and  history lessons she and her friends told,  I am going to spend some time listening to the stories of  these veterans, celebrate them and letting them know , their sacrifices won’t be forgotten or ignored.  

What will be your call to action this Memorial Day?

                                                

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Celebrate Pet Safety This Memorial Day

Great Tips By : ASCPA

As the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day is a great excuse to get outdoors. But whether you’re partying, barbequing, or just soaking up some rays, it’s important to keep your pet’s safety in mind at all times. To prevent any Memorial Day mishaps, we’ve put together some tips to help protect animals during the “Dog Days” of the season.

Party Smart

Barbequing is one of the best parts of Memorial Day, but remember that the food and drink you serve your guests may be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from animals, and remind guests not to give them any table scraps or snacks. Raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, and avocado are all common at barbeques—and they’re all especially toxic to animals.

Be Cool Near the Pool

Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool or lake—not all dogs are expert swimmers! Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Also, try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains potentially dangerous chemicals like chlorine.

Skip the Spray

Unless specifically designed for animals, insect repellant and sunscreen can be toxic to pets. Signs of repellent toxicity include drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. DEET, a common insecticide in products for humans, may cause neurological issues in dogs.

Made in the Shade

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so if you’re spending time outside, give them plenty of fresh, clean water and make sure they have a shady place to get out of the sun. Note that animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.  

IDs, Please

Time spent outdoors comes with the added risk of pets escaping. Make sure that your pet is fitted with a microchip or ID tag with identifying information, or both. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Opt for a Humane Holiday

Everyone loves a Memorial Day barbecue, but for those who eat meat, eggs or dairy, avoiding the worst factory-farmed products can be tricky. For help making the most compassionate choices this holiday (and all year long!), be sure to reference our humane picnic tips.

Safety Tips For Our Memorial Day Pets!!

  

Summer is here!  And there’s no better way to kick off the Memorial Day celebrations than having some fun in the sun with a beach barbeque or picnic at the park.  However, before you ignite the grill and start the festivities, it is important to remember the safety of your furry companions!  ASPCA does recommend keeping your pets indoors as much as possible during outdoor parties.  However, if your pet insists on joining you out and about this Memorial weekend, we have provided some safety tips to ensure the day is fun for both pets and people!  

• Keep alcoholic beverages out of the paw’s reach.  Alcohol is potentially hazardous to pets, so make sure your pet does not accidentally consume any wine, beer, or mixed drinks.

• Avoid scraps from the grill. It is important to resist those begging eyes and stick with your pet’s normal diet.  Any table scraps, even in the smallest amounts, can result in upset stomachs and potential intestinal obstructions.  Certain foods, such as onions, avocado, chocolate, grapes, and raisins can even be toxic to pets!

Only use pet-specific insect repellent and sunscreen.  It is imperative to only use products that are intended for those with four legs, such as Epi-Pet sunscreen for dogs.  Avoid human products—ingestion can result in excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, and lethargy.

• Supervise pets around pools, lakes, and oceans. Don’t leave pets unsupervised around a pool or lake (remember not all dogs are expert swimmers).  If you do plan on taking your dog into the water, best to have a doggie life jacket.  Also, beware of the possible chlorine and other toxic chemicals that can cause stomach upset.  Other natural “doggie bowls,” such as puddles, ponds and bay water—may contain parasites.

• Use precaution around the grill. Keep your pets away from matches, citronella candles, and lighter fluid, which if eaten can irritate the stomach, lungs and central nervous system.

• Keep your pets hydrated. Always make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water available.

• Do not leave your pet in the car.  Have you ever sat in a car on a hot day?  Most pets can’t open doors and it only takes a few minutes for the inside of your car to get excessively hot.  Even leaving a car parked in the shade with the windows down is no guarantee that pets will be safe.  Please avoid heatstroke in your pet by never leaving them inside a car on a hot day.

• Keep your pet’s identification handy.  If traveling with your pet it may be beneficial to take all identification and health records with you.  Make sure they are wearing their collars/tags at all times in case they get lost.  You may also wish to consider micro-chipping your pet to prevent such occurrences.  Remember to keep all gates and fences closed and remind your guests as well.  This will ensure that your pet does not go running into oncoming traffic or a busy intersection.

• Hire A Pet Sitter.  If you don’t feel like being responsible on Memorial Day and want a true vacation. Hire a Professional Pet Sitter. You can rest assure, your pet will have a grand, safe time on Memorial Day.

Memorial day can be quite stressful and noisy on your pet so it is important to provide him/her with a safe and quiet place to rest and get away from the crowd.  Taking these simple precautions will go a long way to ensure your holiday is a joyful occasion to remember.

As always, if you suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous from the picnic table, please contact a veterinarian or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at (888) 426-4435.