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    Happy Memorial Day

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    Pay tribute to the U.S. men and women who died during military service. Please observe a minute of silence at 3:00 p.m., local time.

    John A. Logan
    Civil War Commander in Chief John A. Logan declared the first official Memorial Day in 1868
    The First Official Memorial Day
    May 30, 1868 

    Do you celebrate Memorial Day? In 1868, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the grand Army of the Republic issued what was called General Order Number 11, designating May 30 as a memorial day. He declared it to be "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." Where do you suppose that first Memorial Day took place? The first national celebration of Memorial Day (originally Decoration Day) took place May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery. The national observance of Memorial Day still takes place there today, with the placing of a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the decoration of each grave with a small American flag. The holiday has changed a bit since it first began, which some argue was even earlier than Logan's dedication. Southern women decorated the graves of soldiers even before the end of the Civil War. After the war, a women's memorial association in Columbus, Mississippi, put flowers on the graves of both Confederate and Union soldiers in 1866, an act of generosity that inspired the poem by Francis Miles Finch, "The Blue and the Grey," published in theAtlantic Monthly. In 1971, federal law changed the observance of the holiday to the last Monday in May and extended it to honor all those who died in American wars. People pay tribute not only with flowers but also with speeches and parades. Whom do you honor on Memorial Day? 

    Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Whether you’re travelling or enjoying a backyard
    barbecue, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation offers some tips for a safe and healthy holiday
    weekend:
    1. Food Safety
    • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before handling food and after handling raw poultry
    or meat. To guard against cross-contamination of bacteria, keep uncooked meats away from other foods.
    • Cook foods thoroughly, especially ground beef, poultry, and pork.
    • Refrigerate all perishable food within two hours.
    2. Fire Safety
    • When using a grill, be sure to clean it thoroughly to remove any grease or dust. Check for gas leaks. Use
    the grill outside, not in a garage, porch, or other enclosed space.
    • If you plan to use a fire pit, be sure to put out fire completely before leaving it unattended.
    • Do not park your vehicle on grass as the hot exhaust can easily ignite dry vegetation.
    3. Water Safety
    • Don’t swim alone.
    • Wear a life vest while boating.
    • Supervise children at all times in and near the water.
    4. Sun Safety
    • Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Apply it generously throughout the day.
    • Wear a hat and sunglasses.
    • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
    5. Travel Safety
    • Don’t drink and drive or travel with anyone who has been drinking.
    • Wear your seatbelt at all times.
    • Make sure your vehicle has been serviced before a long road trip.
    • Familiarize yourself with your surroundings and know where the nearest emergency room is in case of an
    emergency.
    Enjoy the holiday weekend with friends and family! And, remember to pay your respects to those who have given
    so much so that we can enjoy the liberties we have today.

    Memorial Day Weekend

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