May 28 2011

The Meaning of Memorial Day

By Claudine Zap

Officially, Memorial Day, observed on the last Monday of May (this year it’s May 30), honors the war dead. Unofficially, the day honors the start of summer. (More on that in a moment.)

The upcoming three-day weekend has prompted searches on Yahoo! for “when is memorial day,” “what is memorial day,” and “memorial day history.” The day was originally known as “Decoration Day” because the day was dedicated to the Civil War dead, when mourners would decorate gravesites as a remembrance.

The holiday was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, when 5,000 people helped decorate the gravesites of 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (Some parts of the South still remember members of the Confederate Army with Confederate Memorial Day.)

After World War I, the observances were widened to honor the fallen from all American wars–and in 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday.

Towns across the country now honor military personnel with services, parades, and fireworks. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. At Arlington National Cemetery, headstones are graced with small American flags.

This day is not to be confused with Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11 to honor military veterans, both alive and dead.

However, confusion abounds anyway, with the weekend marking for many the kickoff of summer, and it is reserved for weekend getaways, picnics, and sales. Searches on “memorial day sales,” “memorial day recipes,” and “memorial day weekend” are just some of the lookups related to the festivities.

May 27 2011

Welcome to our newest members!

We would like to welcome all of our newest members who joined Yellow Ribbon Photographers in May!

*Sarah Whitmeyer in Asheville, NC
*Mark Kegans in Des Moines, IA
*Kathleen Hertel in Baltimore, MD
*Allison Williams in Chicago, IL
*Crystal Sanderson in Houma/Thibodaux, LA
*Melissa Prosser in Atlanta, GA
*Matt McKnight in Spokane, WA, Couer d’Alene, ID, and Missoula, MT
*Cindy Brown in Atlanta, GA
*Tessa Swarthout in Atlanta, GA
*Lynn Indrizzo in Mesa, AZ
*Maria Sauerbrei in Phoenix, AZ
*Linda Holloway in Valparaiso, FL
*Liz Linder Photography in Brookline, MA
*Susánica Tam in Southern California
*Aleks Bienkowska in Los Angeles, CA
*Stephanie Secrest in Alameda, CA
*René Tate in Colorado Springs, CO
*Kate Burgess in North Bay, CA
*Daisy Varley in San Diego County & Kings County, CA

Thank you all so very much for providing your services!

May 1 2011

Normand Ashley Photography YRP session in Westfield, MA

Andy and Michele of Normand Ashley Photography had the privilege of photographing SrA. Anthony Boido of Agawam, MA, along with his girlfriend, Kendall Lavertu at Stanley Park in Westfield on Saturday April 30, 2011. Anthony will be deploying on Thursday May 5, 2011. We would like to thank Anthony for his service and let him know that he and his family will be in our thoughts until he returns in late November.