Memorial Day Traditions

Most of my lifetime, Memorial Day has been a ‘three-day weekend’ away from the mundane.  By the time I was 10 years-old, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act was in full force.

As a child, it was the fireworks celebrations over the lakes; observing a moment of silence for those who had served, with my father and Uncle Bill. (FWIW – I am thrilled that fireworks are no longer easily available to teenage boys!)

As a younger adult, I tended to have accidents on the three-day holiday known as Memorial Day.  At one point, I thought it was going to be named for me!  Two years in a row, I was in traffic accidents I thought were going to do me in!  So I stopped venturing out on the long holidays and began staying home.  The tragedy of that line of thinking?  All of the accidents were within 4 miles of my home, at the time.

Both of those accidents changed the trajectory of my life.

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