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It’s All About Respect

May 24, 2014


Author Joe Perrone Jr's Blog

This weekend is Memorial Day weekend.  The official holiday itself is on Monday.  Think about it for a minute.  What do you see when you think of Memorial Day weekend?  For most Americans the phrase conjures up the following images:

  • The Indianapolis 500 auto race
  • A 30% Off sale at XYZ Retail Outlet (name the store with the best sale)
  • A family cookout (hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, watermelon, and lots of beer and soda)
  • The first opportunity of the year to head to the seashore, mountains, or the pool
  • A day off from work at the boss’s expense

FlagVery few of us think of Memorial Day in its true context: as a national “holiday” that was originally designated Decoration Day.  Initially, it was a day set aside for living soldiers to “decorate” the graves of deceased soldiers with flowers, flags, and wreaths.  It wasn’t until the 1880s that the term Memorial Day would be assigned to…

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