Hey everyone! How was your week? I'm sure you're all excited that we get a longer weekend this time, because Monday is Memorial Day! That means we get the day off from school, and hopefully if you work, you get your day off (or at least a better pay) as well.
For those who, like me, come from other countries where next Monday is just a regular Monday of may, here's a little bit of information about this holiday.
"Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end." Read the whole entry here.The celebrations for Memorial Day aren't limited to Monday. In fact, you should check the events going on with the Fleet Week:
"Since 1984, New York City has held Fleet Week to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The week features extensive military demonstrations, as well as the opportunity for the public to tour some of the visiting ships. The Memorial Day commemoration is a highlight of the week's festivities, featuring the singing of Taps and a military aircraft fly over in honor of those who lost their lives in service to the United States."
What Is There To Do During Fleet Week?:To get information about all those activities and the events' schedule, check out this link: http://gonyc.about.com/od/holidays/p/fleetweek.htm.
- Tour visiting ships
- Watch the parade of ships in the harbor
- Watch competitions, including tug of war and eating contests
- Memorial Day ceremony
- Musical performances by sailors and marines
I just hope the weather gets better so we can enjoy the weekend! Have a good one and see you soon!