MEMORIAL DAY | NATIONAL HOLIDAY IN THE USA!
Traffic jam on the way to Santa Barbara!
For us, congestion in California is nothing new and we got used to it during our stays. We now take it easy to stand in line and wait. On the way to Montecito and Carpinteria, it was particularly bad this time and we were stuck in traffic for hours. Of course, we did not know it was the weekend before Memorial Day, so many families took advantage of this long weekend outing.
Memorial Day was named a holiday in 1882 to honor the dead soldiers. After the First World War, this day was extended to commemorate those who ever died in American wars.
Originally the date of Memorial Day was 30 May each year. In 1971, this day was declared a national holiday and has since been celebrated on the last Monday in May, this year on May 28th.
It is on this day to visit tradition cemeteries and memorial sites and to decorate with flowers and small flags. The US flag will also be hoisted at half-mast until midday to commemorate those who lost their lives fighting for their land.
On this long weekend, for example, barbecue evenings are organized and camping trips are made. There are parades and many concerts, such as the summer concert in the park of Thousand Oaks, which we visited and which was under the theme Queen. This event has attracted many people who, just like us, wanted to enjoy the music outdoors this evening.
On the battlefields devastated by the war, the red poppy was one of the first plants to grow. Its seeds scattered in the wind and sprouted in the earth, which was destroyed by the terrible fighting.
On Memorial Day, wearing red poppies in honor of the American war dead is a tradition. This flower is a symbol of the loss of life, recovery and new life.
Many people confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day!
, ist der Veteranentag der Tag, an dem alle die im Krieg oder im Frieden gedient haben geehrt werden, egal ob sie gestorben sind oder überlebt haben. Even if you remember the deceased on both holidays, Veteran's Day is the day everyone who served in war or peace, whether they died or survived.
By the way, unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day is always celebrated on November 11, regardless of the day of the week it falls.
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