Sunday, May 24, 2009

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to You.

Hope you've been enjoying this fine Memorial Day weekend weather. The weather people warned us of rain pretty much all weekend, but not a drop to be seen in this part of town. Which has made for a great weekend of ice creaming. As I like to say around mid-July, I'm a bit tired, but it's a good tired.

In any event, thanks for coming by for a fresh cone of lavender or M&M pretzel or your usual mint chocolate chip.

With a brief break in the action, I got to thinking about what to blog about besides the 'cool in a small town kindof way' Memorial Day parade here in Easthampton, and after a crazy couple of days at the batch freezer, blogger's block set in almost instantly.

So I walked out to the pond in the backyard, stared at the new American flag, just hung by Mayor Mike & a wingman, and thought about Memorial Day.

I didn't get much further than wondering to myself, so why is there a Memorial Day and a Veteran's Day anyway? And what's the difference? I was pretty sure I could guess the answer, but I had to make sure. So in case you were wondering, here's the answer (from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs site)...

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty. A complete history of Veterans Day, and why it is observed on November 11, can be found on the Veterans Day History Web page.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and feel free to stop by. We'll be here regular hours (noon 'til 9:30).

Feel free to bring an extra burger from the grill...

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