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Memorial Day Traditions

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Happy Memorial Day to my US readers. Happy Monday to everyone else. It’s funny how Memorial Day means different things to different people. I think we all agree that this holiday was meant as a remembrance of those who have given their lives to defend our country, but in the South where I grew up, Memorial Day was a time when you also visit the cemetery to put new flowers and trinkets by the tombstones of loved ones who have passed on. Memorial Day traditions are very different in different places. I used to love Memorial Day as a kid because cemeteries are great places to explore and learn history. It wasn’t really a sad time at all. I can remember catching caterpillars and putting them in a jar. I’m not sure why graveyards are prime places for them, but it was caterpillar central. In Kentucky, your wedding and your death were the two big occasions to plan for. Funerals and all the rituals that go with them are huge and often social events. I can remember getting to the funeral home early to get good seats for some of the more prominent community members. My Mom bought grave plots ...

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Happy Memorial Day

I’m not sure whether it’s appropriate to say Happy Memorial Day, as this is a day in the US when we remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. Actually, I think it is appropriate since I am terribly happy that there are men and women who are willing to risk their lives to defend and protect our freedoms. No matter what your political affiliation, you have to give a shout out to those serving in the military and their families. Because of their bravery, we have the ability to express our opinions and agree or disagree without the fear of punishment. Today, I’ll be hanging out with my family in Kentucky. When my grandparents were alive, my Grandpa always spend all day getting the coals just right for his secret recipe, so hot it curls your hair, barbecue sauce, perfect when applied to any cut of meat. I can still feel my tongue burning! While no one can exactly recreate his secret sauce, we will give it our best shot with a family barbecue. If you have a super, secret recipe, put it in your will! We lost the BBQ sauce and Thanksgiving dressing recipes with ...

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