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  • Everything Memorial Day Is (And Everything It Isn't)

    Memorial Day.

    It's not a post on Facebook, a tweet, or a text. It's not a barbecue. It's not hamburgers on the grill, or picnics.

    Memorial Day is a day that honors those who have fought. Fought for our freedoms, fought for our country, our values, our lives. They are those who work so that we can. They are wounded. They are heroes. Heroes, that sometimes perish because of their faithfulness to our country and its people -- you and me.

    Today, we honor those who have fallen, defending the right to cookout, to post thankfulness on Facebook, and to have, for some, a day off of work.

    Half Staff

    As the tradition holds, we lower our flags half staff in honor of the brave men and women who have fallen protecting us. At noon, we will raise them, but we will never forget their sacrifice.

    Half Staff 2 For those of you who serve our country, thank you.

    The Live It Everyday team 

  • The Weekend Playlist: For The Heroes

    As a kid growing up in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, the old timers called it Decoration Day and seemed like they “decorated” the graves of all of their family and close friends that had gone on with flowers.

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    It was probably about the sixth grade when my favorite teacher, Mrs. Lafferty informed our class and me that it was Memorial Day and it was to honor men and women who died while serving their country.

    I guess folks just like calling it Decoration Day, what it was called after the Civil War when those from both Union and Confederate soldiers decorated their graves.  It still blows me away to think that 600,000 died in that war.  Later on, in 1966, President Johnson named it Memorial Day.  Still my earliest memories of the Memorial Day were putting flowers on the graves of family and friends.  Even though Memorial Day is to commemorate those who made the greatest sacrifice, many people use it to remember loved ones that have past and I think that’s OK.  Never forget and always remember the good things about those that have gone on.

    While we remember our family and friends it is extremely important that we take a few minutes to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our freedom.

    So to honor those I’ve added a quote to go along with this week’s playlist.

    “Posterity -- you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you make good use of it.”

    John Quincy Adams

    The spirit of this quote is captured in our patriotic t shirts George Washington’s Sword. We also give 11% of the sale of all of our patriotic apparel goes to Homes For Our Troops, an organization committed to building specially adapted homes for service members who have been severely injured in combat.  

    Without further ado, this week’s playlist for our fallen patriots.

    1. God Bless America -- Erving Berlin
    2. Star Spangled Banner -- Jimi Hendrix
    3. American Soldier -- Toby Keith
    4. Warrior -- Kid Rock
    5. Born In The USA -- Bruce Springsteen
    6. The Stars and Stripes Forever -- John Philip Sousa's
    7. America the Beautiful -- Katharine Lee Bates
    8. Remember the Heroes -- Sammy Hagar
    9. America -- Neil Diamond
    10. 10.  Born Free -- Kid Rock

    Have a great weekend, Mike

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