memorial day facts…

Memorial day is the time to remember our patriotic heroes who sacrificed their lives to help all of us live in Freedom. This day is observed with families and friends visiting cemeteries and memorials to pay homage to their loved ones. myFiveBest wishes to honor the men and women who serve in our military and those who gave their lives for this great nation.  Want to know more about this historic holiday? Read on, friends.

The Origin Of Memorial Day
Memorial Day was first celebrated on May 30, 1868. It was observed by placing flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers during the first national celebration. James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which around 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.  It now honors any service person who served in any war the United States has been involved.

Why Is The Holiday Observed On The Last Monday In May?
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.  Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. This date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country, no matter in which state you lived. (Remember, Alaska wasn’t a state at the time.)

Making It Official
Memorial Day was not recognized as an official federal holiday until 1971.  Typical celebrations include parades, dedications, and the placing of flowers and decorations on the grave sites of the fallen soldiers in every war.  Originally, the official date of Memorial Day was on May 30th.  However, when congress turned it into a long-weekend, many felt that it detracted from the spirit of the holiday.  As the VFW stated in its 2002 Memorial Day address: “Changing the date merely to create three-day weekends has undermined the very meaning of the day. No doubt, this has contributed greatly to the general public’s nonchalant observance of Memorial Day.

The Progression of Things To Come
Technically, Memorial Day is not a national holiday in the strictest sense of the word.  While there are 11 “federal holidays” created by Congress — including Memorial Day — they apply only to Federal employees and the District of Columbia. The original Memorial Day allowed Civil War veterans, many of whom were drawing a government paycheck, to honor their fallen comrades with out being docked pay.  For the rest of us, Memorial Day was decided upon by the state. New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day a legal holiday, in 1873. Most Northern states had followed along by the 1890s. The Confederate states didn’t want a holiday memorializing those who, in Gen. Logan’s words, “united to suppress the late rebellion.” The South didn’t adopt the May 30 Memorial Day until after World War I, when it included those who died in all the country’s wars.

Stop And Take A Moment
In 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m.(according to your own time zone) in an act of national unity. The time was chosen because 3 p.m. “is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday.“ (info from Jim Fowler)

English: Picture of graves decorated with flag...
English: Picture of graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

my may 12, 2011…

Not a lengthy post today.  Just a quick tribute to my sweetheart …… Thankful we had him for 15 1/2 years…

CLAY MATTHEW TIMMONS-NIETO

12-17-1987  –  5-12-2003

Bret (age 5) and Clay (age 3) when we first moved to Tucson…

HAPPY CLAY IN BACKYARD (age 14)  PHOENIX

and my favorite…..in Tucson (3 years old)…

Who knew that this sweet little boy was blind, had cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder and fed via G-tube (24 hours)…AND took 32 meds a day….would be so very happy!  

LOVE YOU SWEETIE!!!!!  AND YES…..WE WILL SEE YOU AGAIN!!  Thank you, Jesus!


1958 vs 2011

SCENARIO:  JACK GOES QUAIL HUNTING BEFORE SCHOOL,  PULLS INTO SCHOOL PARKING LOT WITH SHOTGUN IN GUN RACK.

1958: Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his own shotgun to show Jack.

2011: School goes into lockdown, the FBI is called, Jack is hauled off to jail, and never sees his truck or gun again.  Counselors are called in to assist traumatized students and teachers.

SCENARIO:  JOHNNY AND MARK GET INTO A FIST-FIGHT AFTER SCHOOL.

1958: Crowd gathers.  Mark wins.  Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2011: Crowd gathers.  Camera phones record fight and send to Twitter and YouTube.  Police are called, SWAT team arrives and arrests Johnny and Mark.  They are charged with assault and both are expelled even though Johnny started it.

SCENARIO:  JEFFREY WON’T SIT STILL IN CLASS, DISRUPTS OTHER STUDENTS.

1958: Jeffrey is sent to the principal’s office and given a good paddling.  Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2011: Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin.  Becomes addicted.  Tested for ADD.  School gets extra state funding because Jeffrey has a disability.

SCENARIO:  BILLY BREAKS A WINDOW IN HIS NEIGHBORS CAR AND HIS DAD GIVES HIM A WHIPPING WITH HIS BELT AND MAKES HIM PAY FOR REPAIRS.

1958: Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2011: Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse.  Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang.  State psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.  Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.

SCENARIO:  MARK GETS A HEADACHE AND TAKES SOME ASPIRIN TO SCHOOL.

1958: Mark shares aspirin with the school principal out on the smoking dock.

2011: Police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations.  His backpack, locker and car are searched for drugs and weapons.

SCENARIO:  PEDRO FAILS HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH.

1958: Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2011: Pedro’s cause is taken up by local human rights group.  Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that making English a requirement for graduation is racist.  U.S. Civil Liberties Association files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro’s English teacher.  English is banned from core curriculum.  Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

SCENARIO:  JOHNNY TAKES APART LEFTOVER INDEPENDENCE DAY FIRECRACKERS, PUTS THEM IN A MODEL AIRPLANE PAINT BOTTLE AND BLOWS UP AN ANTHILL.

1958: Ants die.

2011: Homeland Security and the FBI are called and Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism.  Teams investigate parents, siblings are removed from the home, computers are confiscated and Johnny’s dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

SCENARIO:  JOHNNY FALLS DURING RECESS AND SCRAPES HIS KNEE.  HIS TEACHER, MARY, FINDS HIM CRYING AND GIVES HIM A HUG TO COMFORT HIM.

1958: Johnny soon feels better and goes back to playing.

2011: Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.  She faces three years in federal prison and Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.

the holy week…

It’s fast approaching.  Easter this year is April 24, 2011.  And you can find out about how the date for the Resurrection Sunday is determined HERE. (I would summarize, but I like this website)

When we were in Israel, it was a rainy day when we approached the Garden of Gethsemane, and was cold and rainy when we went to the Garden Tomb also…

But did that stop us from going?  NO!  It was a moving experience that will stay with me always. It had a holy feel to it!

On that note, soon we will be approaching the Holy Week,  which can be explained like this:

Sunday: Jesus enters Jerusalem.
Monday-Wednesday: He confronts the religious leaders.
Thursday: He meets with his disciples in the Upper Room.
Thursday night-Friday morning: Jesus is betrayed, arrested, tried and beaten.
Friday: Jesus is crucified, dies, and is buried.
Saturday: Jesus remains in the tomb.
Sunday: Jesus rises from the dead.

His disciples didn’t even see it coming.  They had no idea on the Saturday before Palm Sunday, what would happen that week.  Even though Jesus had told them on more than one occasion, they were shocked and shaken to the core.

God had a plan at Calvary.  And like the rainy day that we experienced, you couldn’t see very clearly.  And the disciples could not see what was intended.  But if we look at the cross long enough…..really SEE the cross…we will see the wisdom of God.  HE knew what we needed….and we needed a Savior.

One day will come when the sunlight of God’s love surrounds us as we stand in the presence of Jesus who loved us and gave himself for us. When we get to heaven, our eyes will  finally be open to God’s good plan, we’ll look back over our life and see that through all the twists and turns and detours that …God does not make a mistake.  He loves us and has a perfect plan for our lives.

2011!!!

WELCOME 2011!!!!

May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastro-enterologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber and the I.R.S.

May the telemarketers wait to make their sales calls until you finish dinner, may the commercials on TV not be louder than the program you have been watching, and may your check book and your budget balance – and include generous amounts for charity. 

May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise.

WHY??? BECAUSE I CARE………………

WISHING YOU THE BEST IN 2011 !!!