Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (in 2008 on May 26). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who perished while in military service to their country. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I to include casualties of any war or military action. All of this, of course, is from Wikipedia.

This day is usually a day that people have cookouts, parties, or gather with friends and family to celebrate. Sort-of an excuse to have another party. Annually, I do this as well. Most of the time we spend the day with one other close family friends of ours, and we cooked on the grill and spend the day talking and relaxing. Today, however, we spent the day in a very different way than we have done before. We traveled north up to Caswell county and helped some friends bale some hay. The fields were beautiful, the patterns of the hay laying in the field was artistic, and the weather was perfect; sunny, small breeze, and extremely quiet. Notice the horse drawn rake in the distance.

Asher had a time with the bales in that they were as big as he is. Nolan spend most of the day stacking them on the wagon. All together we got around two-hundred bales in the barn today. It would be nice if we were able to go back tomorrow to help them finish putting the rest of it up.

May God bless all of those that have served in our military and have given their lives so that I have the freedom to attend a barbeque, have guests over for dinner, or bale some hay with some friends.

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