Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

Each Memorial Day weekend my family makes plans to head over to Indiana to visit relatives. This has been our little family tradition for the past couple of years and I look forward to it all month long! The weekend is filled with family, fun, and frivolity. The kids all get together and take pony rides and play in the hot tub/pool. The evenings are spent playing games or relaxing in the gazebo with a nice cool beverage. It is a fabulous weekend.

Memorial Day is a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is a day to celebrate the freedom we have, thanks to the sacrifices others have made. It is a federal holiday observed each year in the United States and is usually spend honoring traditions.

One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, an auto race which has been held Memorial Day weekend since 1911. It runs on the Sunday preceding the Memorial Day holiday.
My husband has been participating in this long standing tradition for the last couple of years with his uncle and some family friends. They pack lunches, soak themselves in sunscreen, and make sure to bring along ear plugs for their fun filled day on the track. They come back with a mixture of excitement and exhaustion and usually a tinge of pink to their skin from long hours spent in the sun. It is a long weekend, but not nearly long enough. It always seems to go by so quickly and in the blink of an eye it is gone.  
Do you have any Memorial Day weekend plans or traditions?

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