Lorie’s List for 05/23/2014

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That’s right, Lorie’s List is back! This week’s list is in honor of Memorial Day weekend and the men and women who have served our country.

  • Portion of a United States flag waving

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    Before Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day and Remembrance Day) became the unofficial start of summer, it was set-aside as a day to remember the people who died in service to their country. While we still do this today, the remembering sometimes gets drowned out by the picnics, and the beach, and mattress sales.

  • Wounded Warrior Project – I was fortunate to become very familiar with this organization while I was a government consultant. They do some amazing work for wounded vets. If you don’t know this great group you really need to check them out.
  • The Great Johnstown Flood took place on May 31, 1889, but the storms that caused the flood began during Remembrance Day celebrations honoring Civil War soldiers. As a Johnstown native, the flood is a big part of my history. A later flood is a big part of my personal history, did I ever tell you about…well, you’ll have to wait until later for that.
  • Blue Star families are the loved ones who keep home fires burning when someone joins the military. Gold Star families are the ones left behind when they don’t return. I’ve known, and been related to, many of these families. I have so much respect and admiration for them and what they go through.

This Memorial Day weekend to take in a parade, attend a service in your community, or spare a thought for those who have died serving their country. If you have an opportunity, say hello or thanks to a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine. Thank the families left behind for their sacrifices that only they can truly understand.

If you have any ideas or if you’d like to Guest Write The List, I would love to hear from you! Send me a note here and we’ll get you on the blog!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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