Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: PORTLAND, OREGON
Pedaling around Portland
Howdy from Portland and Happy Memorial Day!
We had great fun riding the absolutely beautiful Banks-Vernonia State Trail yesterday and today we are off to pedal Post Canyon which is out in Hood River and a gorgeous drive up the Columbia River Gorge.
Being that we are leaving earlier this morning, I've only the time to leave you with a few pictures from yesterday...
Please enjoy them and know that as soon as I can get back on here to fill you in - that I will!
Sorry for such a temporary shorty - but in the words of the Terminator...
I'LL BE BACK! -T
Elisa's Daily Scoop NEXT TRIP DEPARTS IN: 28 DAYS
A Closer Look at Memorial Day
Hello folks! I hope you've enjoyed your three day weekend.
For us, it will have been a five-day weekend, since the kiddies were off from school Thursday and Friday.
Back to school tomorrow with a Spanish test for Gianna and a book report due for Kelsey.
Other than that, it has surely been nice to enjoy the time off from the normal routine and to spend time with the girls doing not much of anything.
Sometimes doing nothing is more fun than a whole agenda of "to do's." I just love this quote, by the way and had to add it today.
Sometimes it's hard to remember how important certain holidays are since they have become an opportunity for sales, shopping and barbecues. But, I'd like to moment to point out what this national holiday is all about.
Memorial Day is a day we honor and remember the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.
It is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. Unlike Veteran's Day which celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, Memorial Day pays tribute to the men and women who died while serving.
The history of Memorial Day appears to be rooted in the ancient custom of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers. Here in the United States, soldiers' graves were decorated before and during the American Civil War.
Some historians actually believe that an annual cemetery decoration practice began before the Civil War and may actually reflect the real origin of the "memorial day" idea.
According to Wars Within A War: Controversy and Conflict Over the American Civil War, "Following President Abraham Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, commemorations were ubiquitous. The sheer number of soldiers of both sides who died in the Civil War (more than 600,000) meant that burial and memorialization took on new cultural significance. Under the leadership of women during the war, an increasingly formal practice of decorating graves had taken shape."
The holiday gained national recognition after the American Civil War in 1868, when General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.
By the 20th century, various Union and Confederate memorial traditions, celebrated on different days, merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
But the name of this holiday varied depending on geographical location. Known as Remembrance Day, Decoration Day and Memorial Day.
It was not officially declared Memorial day until 1967, when it was named so under Federal Law.
On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
I can hardly believe the official start of Summer has begun! This school year has just flown by. Before we know it, me, Tanya and all the girls will be headed for Chicago on our road trip!!!
Here's to a wonderful day and a big thanks to all those and their families who have sacrificed for our freedom!!