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Memorial Day, May 29 A day to remember those who died in active military duty

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AUSTIN - For many, Memorial Day means a day off of work, barbecue cookouts, family picnics, and community pools opening for the summer. But as we all know, the true meaning of Memorial Day is much more than an “opening day” for summer fun. It’s a calling to honor those courageous men and women who have served and given their lives for the causes of freedom, liberty, and peace.

Memorial Day is a Federal declaration and is observed on the last Monday in May.  At dawn on this day, flags are lowered to half mast on state and government buildings, and American flags are placed on gravesites at national cemeteries.  At 3pm, traditional ceremonies include the sound of TAPS and the 21-Gun Salute.  In Washington, DC each year, a Memorial Day Parade is held, as well as other parades throughout the country.
    Veterans Day, usually observed on Nov. 11, is many times confused with Memorial Day.  This day is designated to thank the retired Veterans who have served in the armed services - the difference being they came home.  Veterans were also willing to dedicate their lives in service to prepare and defend our nation when necessary.
    We remember those who didn’t come home on this Memorial Day and thank those Veterans on Veterans Day who were also willing to dedicate their lives in the protection of our nation and protection of our freedom and way of life.  –rd


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