Memorial Day, on Monday May 29, 2023, is unofficially considered to be the beginning of summer. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it became an official federal holiday in 1971, as a day on which we honor all those brave military personnel who have died in service of the United States of America.

Among the traditions on Memorial Day is a ceremony at the Tombs of the Unknown Soldiers in Arlington Cemetery where the President of the United States lays a commemorative wreath.  Many cities host parades and other special activities that honor veterans both living and dead. 

The red poppy became an unofficial symbol of respect following the publication of John McCrae’s poem after World War I “In Flanders Fields” – “In Flanders fields the poppies blow …”.

There are 155 national cemeteries in the United States and the Veterans Administration provides a list of this year’s celebrations by state at:

One of the many ways to honor our soldiers has been a growing trend to place an American flag at every gravesite in a National Cemetery. Volunteers are always needed and if you would like to participate in this patriotic project check out the many opportunities at:

Up here on the mountain we believe that in addition to these valuable activities we should also continue to enjoy what these men and women gave their lives for. So we encourage you to plan a hike, a picnic, a camping trip or any other way to …


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