Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day

Lately, the Memorial Day holiday has been known as the kick-off to the summer. We understand it to be just another day off from work, time for a short vacation, sales at the mall or the family barbecue get-together. 
From Wikipedia, here's the description of the Memorial Day Holiday: Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 31 in 2010). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military serviceFirst enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War), it was expanded after World War I.
During the early 1980's I lived on Sepulveda Blvd. near Montana Ave., just north of the Los Angeles National Veteran's Cemetery in Westwood. One year on Memorial Day, I walked with a few neighbors down to the Cemetery to see if one of the military bands was performing. On this particular soldiers' holiday, Boy Scouts had placed small flags on every single grave in the cemetery. There are 116 acres of marble headstones. Westwood is the largest veteran's cemetery outside Arlington National Cemetary in Virginia. Needless to say, all of those thousands of little flags waving in the wind was a sobering, but magnificent sight. There wasn't a band playing that day, just many soldiers and families of military men and women paying their respects.
Major George E. Bloom, 1942

In addition to today being Memorial Day, it's the 15th anniversary of my Father's death. George E. Bloom was born in 1919 in Philadelphia, PA and passed away on May 25, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA. This past March 30th would also have been Dad's 100th birthday. When he was six months old, the Bloom family moved to Los Angeles.  Dad considered himself a life-long Angeleno.  Thank you for imparting your historical knowledge of our wonderful City to me, Dad.
Pop, 1984, Pacific Ocean, off Marina del Rey

Later, this afternoon we're attending a pot-luck Memorial Day lunch with my ukulele group, The C.C. Strummers. It should be a fine time!
Happy Memorial Day to everyone.  Enjoy your day and remember those who have served so that we can have this day of remembrance.

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