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Monday, May 25, 2015

Muffins with Mom – Memorial Day reflections

Happy Memorial Day! Memorial Day is a day of remberance for those who have died in our nation’s service. As you spend time with friends and family, take a few moments for reflection.  Below is a video tribute to those who have served out country.
After the video is a repeat blog post from my family Memorial Day celebration from 2012.
YouTube video credit: lastingtributevideo
Memorial Day and weekend is also a time that families come together in celebration. This year my family celebrated with a family reunion held in Kentucky. We visited Fort Campbell military base where we toured a museum and visited the family cemetery.
There was a lot of history shared, friendships started and memories created. Getting together with family is a good investment of time. We strengthen family ties and even learn new family facts.
When I arrived at our family reunion there was only one person there that I knew. I had never been to a reunion for that side of the family. The one cousin I knew smiled and whispered to me, “I don’t think we’re really related to these people.”
I had just driven nine hours for a trip that should have taken seven and a half. I looked at my cousin and said, “We’re family now.” I eventually learned how we were all connected.
What I have learned from our Memorial Day weekend celebration is that it’s good to know your roots and who you’re related to. The following are reasons why you need to know your family:
  1. You could be marrying a cousin. When in high school, my cousin found out that a boy who had a crush on her was her cousin.
  2. You have relatives to stay with when you go out of town, it saves you money on hotel expense.
  3. When your kids act out and you don’t understand where the behavior came from…you can blame that side of the family.
It’s good to know your family just because they are family. Over the Memorial Holiday is when we see people waving flags at parades, refreshing flowers at gravesites or simply spending time with family.  It’s all about creating memories.
What are your favorite Memorial Day memories?

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