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The most important thing you can do on May 30, 2011…… | May 28, 2011


Monday, May 30th is Memorial Day. As appraisers and others take this vacation day, let us remember that it is not just another of the many vacation days we celebrate here in the U.S.   The most important thing you can do on Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day – is to honor those American veterans that made the greatest sacrifice.  Remember, they made this sacrifice so that you can live in our free and democratic society.  They gave us the freedom to buy, sell and value real estate. Your backyard BBQ and all other activities on Memorial Day are not as important as honoring our brave military service-members that died in the defense of our country.  This should be passed-down to our children and grandchildren by their parents and grandparents.

Here’s a bit of the history of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the American military.  Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.  Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.  Unofficially, it marks the beginning of summer.

Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation’sCivil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868.

During the first celebration of Decoration Day, General James Garfield (a great, great, great grandfather of my husband) made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.

By the late 1800s, many communities across the country had begun to celebrate Memorial Day.  After World War I, observances also began to honor those who had died in all of America’s wars. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May.

The largest traditional Memorial Day observance to honor our veterans in the East Bay takes place in the Town of Danville at 10:30am on Monday – May 30 at Oakhill Park on Stone Valley Road (next to Monte Vista High School).  Some of you may know this park as the site of the All Wars Memorial – a beautiful & educational memorial honoring our military, veterans and patriots from all wars. My Dad and my husband’s great, great, great grandfather, father and numerous other veterans are memorialized in the granite pavers creating a walkway to a reflecting area at the top of a hill. It is a place where I can go to remember my Dad, a WWII veteran who passed away years ago, but lives still in my heart.

So as Monday rolls around I sincerely hope you take some time to remember that the price of freedom is not free.  All gave some…  Some gave all.  On Memorial Day we remember our country’s veterans – all who served, some of whom paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

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