Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It originally started out as Decoration Day, observed on every May 30. The first Decoration Day was in 1868 for those killed in the American Civil War. By 1915, when grave decoration with red poppies became popular, Decoration Day had been expanded to cover the graves of all fallen veterans.
In 1971, the U.S. Congress changed the date of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May, coupling the day to a weekend. That changed everything. No longer a day only for remembering fallen soldiers, it is now more comprehensive holiday.
I spent a part of yesterday reflecting on my parents, both of whom are now deceased. I remember many extended family get-togethers with aunts, uncles and cousins. They were great. I also remember the many wiffle ball games in which my father played with the Albrecht kids and every other kid in the neighborhood.
This Memorial Day weekend, we focused on creating memories. Both sons (28 & 24) were home. They invited some of their 20-something friends. We had an Indy 500 party, a wiffle ball game, and later on my sons and I played two games of Acquire, one of the best business games ever created.
Debit and credit – – David Albrecht