BIB USE SUGGESTION: DECORATION DAY
“May 29, 2017
MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE (mile, 5K, or 10K)
This federal holiday is for remembering the men and women who DIED while serving their country in the Armed Forces (compared with Veterans Day, in which the SERVICE of all U.S. military, veterans and active, is celebrated). It’s a solemn day. US flags and wreaths are placed at gravesites. Many remember others who have passed away in their lives, including non-military. One way to do this by running or walking at quiet times, like sunrise or sunset, when we can reflect on their lives.“
The last Monday in May is the observed MEMORIAL DAY holiday, although May 30 had been the traditional holiday until 1968. It was originally known as Decoration Day after the practice of decorating graves of the fallen. “The practice of decorating soldiers' graves with flowers is an ancient custom.”, says a Wikipedia entry. “Soldiers' graves were decorated in the U.S. before and during the American Civil War.” Running or walking on this day in a personal event is another way to show love and respect to those you’ve lost. Request bibs and use them on this holiday and all summer.
Although this day has a solemn rather than cheery history, it is also commonly celebrated as the kick-off to the summer season, which then un-officially ends on the Labor Day Holiday. You can also mark this beginning with a custom designed event including all the people gathered at your picnic! Be sure to have everyone REQUEST BIBS soon!
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