Memorial Day: A Nostalgic Look Back

The celebration of Memorial Day has changed from the holiday our parents experienced when they were young, which was on May 30th. In those days it was celebrated over a 3-day weekend only when it fell on a Friday or a Monday. It was a day for some families to visit the cemetery and pay their respects. For others, my senior advisors recall, it was a major family-get-together day that brings back many fond memories.

“In those days I would be so busy I wouldn’t even have time to talk to you on the telephone,” said R, age 98 and one of our senior advisors. “We would have around 35 for a barbecue–children, cousins–I miss it…very much. Today is a different generation. We used to live close–a hop, skip, and a jump away. But now family is more spread out….and a lot of people are lazier. They don’t want to do the extra work; they prefer to be a guest.”

Whether a worker or a guest, enjoy the holiday weekend. Tuesday I’m hoping to have important information for widows of men who worked hard to make the world a safer, better place–widows of World War II veterans.

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