In the United States of America this is the unofficial beginning of Summer.
So the feasting is on.
Barbecue grills with hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, corn on the cob.
Desserts of rhubarb pie, strawberries over ice cream, watermelon.
Memorial Day, on Monday, is a federal holiday, thus we get a three-day weekend.
But the original meaning was a day set aside to mourn and honor those who lost their lives while serving in the Armed Services.
Originally called Decoration Day, the graves of those warriors were marked with small flags.
My only relative that I know who died in service is buried far away.
But I was up this morning putting in a couple of hooks so we too could fly our flag.
It's out there now in front of our home, fluttering in the breeze.
As we gather on patios and in back yards and swimming pools and ball parks, let us enjoy the good food and the good friends and the good times.
But never forgetting why we have this weekend.