This past week has been momentous in many ways. For one, my big sister, Kate, got married. The first one of the three of us (I have two sisters) to get hitched. It was a roller coaster of a week. She is the only one of us who will have a traditional marriage ceremony and accompanying festivities. Laurel and I threw her a bachelorette party with everything but a stripper (there were under-agers there). The next day there was a rehearsal with a bridal party and then a luncheon with both extended families thrown by the groom's family. Unbeknownst to most of us, the groom's brothers and other family gave speeches. For some reason no one from our side of the family would go up there and share something with the group. So, after a few glasses of wine and being one of Kate's bridesmaids, I got up there and said a few words. Totally made her cry...booyah! I'm kinda proud considering it was completely off the cuff. Then my dad got up and said something. The next day was the wedding and it was almost as beautiful as my sister was. I even wore a dress for her, which I have not done since I was in my early teens. Reception with an open bar (thank you!!) after that. Lots of fun. That night I barely made it to 9pm before passing out from sheer exhaustion. I am very proud to have been a part of Kate and Mike's day.
I have never been a fan of marriage. Perhaps it's because my parents divorced or something else, but I don't feel a need to get married. Not to say I won't but for now that's how I feel. Having said that, I am very proud to have been a part of Kate's wedding. And I wouldn't change anything about it, except maybe having to wear a dress.
Another amazing thing about this week is that DOMA and Prop 8 were eradicated. I think it's pretty awesome that Kate got married in a historically significant week. I wonder if the Supreme Court planned to have this vote during pride month. San Francisco is getting ready to have its pride week so I'm guessing it will be even crazier than usual. As expected, all social media platforms blew up with people commenting on both overturns and there was one recurring comment that has stayed with me. It was that it isn't just a win for a specific group of people, but for everyone. I wholeheartedly agree with that.
To continue the flow of love this week, I started reading the book, The Working Theory of Love, by Scott Hutchins.
Have a lovely week!
Song of the Moment: Love They Say, by Tegan and Sara
This past weekend was Memorial Day Weekend. It is always interesting to see the different thoughts people post about holidays on any of the various social media platforms. I do find it wonderful that people take the time to acknowledge these holidays. However, this Memorial Day made me wonder whether some people understand the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, for a few people in my social networks were thanking current and alive service people for their contribution to our freedoms.
So here's the difference in a nutshell: Memorial Day is time to remember those service people who have died in the line of duty, while Veterans Day is a time to honor all service people, alive and dead, of their contributions to maintaining and securing our freedom.
I did a little more digging to find out a little more about the history of both. So here are a couple of tidbits on when both were started. The first Memorial Day started back around 1865, but was originally known as Decoration Day. It began as a way to honor the soldiers, both Confederate and Union, that fell during the Civil War. As time has worn on and our country has participated in more wars, the commemoration of fallen soldiers has extended to all fallen Armed Forces service people.
The first Veterans Day actually took place in 1919, but was known as Armistice Day. It was a day to remember the heroism of those who died during The Great War. Roughly seven years later, Congress requested that it become an official national holiday, which was passed. Again, as time continued and another World War commenced, the commemoration was extended to all soldiers regardless of the war they served in and whether or not they had fallen, and thus, it was renamed Veteran's Day.
So there you go. A little history and a small comparison of two similar but rather different holidays. I hope that was more interesting than just a regular classroom history lesson. Short and sweet.