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The Meaning of Memorial Day

English: Armored Forces Memorial on the south ...

English: Armored Forces Memorial on the south side of Memorial Drive at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you fir up your barbecue pits and pop open the cold brews this holiday weekend, please talke a moment to reflect on the meaning of the holiday. Memorial Day is a time to think about and thank those who have served our nation so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have. It is also a time to revere the memories of those who have served and died protecting our liberties.

The website www.usmemorialday.com describes the first official observance of the holiday, “Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery

Since 1868 th holiday has grown to mean the unofficial start of summer. But, there are those who still understand the true meaning of Memorial Day. There are those who still go to the military cemetaries and plant flags, those who shake the hands of military members, look them in the eye and thank them for thier sacrifices and service.

Will you be one of those people?

As you are relaxing with friends and family this weekend, take a moment to speak aloud your gratitude. Let your children know that the day does not only mean a day at the beach, Let them know the importance of our military’s service and encourage them to ask questions. Be a good example of citizneship to our next generation.

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Memorial Weekend Events, Something for Everyone

The Memorial Day weekend in Jacksonville is shaping up to be a very busy one. There is so much happening that it might just be impossible to do everything. But, there are those who will certainly try. Among the many activities to choose from, it is inevitable that there are a few beer events in the offing. And it would be criminal to not pass that information on.

5 Points

The quirky, funky, and totally hip 5 Points section of Riverside is holding a Spring Fling and blocking off the entire merchant district between Lomax and Post Streets. The festival will include a flag presentation to honor America’s fallen soldiers, ten bands, street performers, arts and crafts, food, fun, and an after party that will include tasting over 100 beers from around the world. There could not be a better way to spend a warm Jacksonville Saturday.

The event will begin at 12:00a.m. and will run into the wee hours of the morning with bands taking the stage as late as midnight. But, if you are interested in the After Party beer tasting, plan on arriving around 6:00 p.m. and enjoying the suds until 10:00 p.m. Or, for those who prefer, try a Rumrunner in a souvenir glass that is yours to keep.

Wristbands are $20 and available at Riverside Liquors.

USA vs. Scotland Soccer Game

Going to the game Saturday? Feel like tailgating and having a few cold ones before? You are in luck! Intuition Ale Works is teaming up with Green Room Brewing and Mojo #4 to bring you a tailgate experience like now other! Look for the Intuition van and let the good times roll!

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

For years the Jacksonville Jazz Festival has attracted the very best jazz entertainers from around the world. This year is no different with acts like Karrin Allyson Quartet and Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio.

Another experience that you are sure to enjoy at the Jazz Festival is the Wine Down/Brew Town Tasting Experience. Located on Laura Street near Hemming Plaza, you can get 10 tastes for $20, and an additional six tastes for just $10 more.

Brews that will be available at the event include:

Intuition Ale Works

Peoples Pale Ale
Jon Boat
I-10 IPA
Shotgun

Bells

Amber
Oberon
Cherry Stout

Sierra Nevada

Pale Ale
Torpedo
Ruthless Rye
Summer

Pinglehead Brewing Company

Imperial Red
Endless Summer

And two surprise beers!

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Beer, Beer Festival, Events

 

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