Take time to remember

May 31, 2010 —

Today DMU is closed in honor of Memorial Day. While everyone loves a long weekend to spend with family & friends, make sure you don’t forget why we all have the day off! Memorial Day is a time to remember our American military members who died in service.

According to my good friend Wikipedia, the first observation of Memorial Day was in 1866.Honoring our long history of U.S. men and women who have given their lives for our freedom is important. Just like Independence Day, I love reminders like today that inspire patriotism and pride in our country.

Traditions of memorial day include a national moment of silence at 3 p.m. in each timezone and a half-mast flag from dawn until noon. Perhaps you celebrate with a family picnic, gathering your dear ones near to you. Maybe you’ll see a current military person around town and have a chance to thank them for their service. Or maybe you spend time in silence or prayer, grateful for the country we live in.

However you choose to celebrate, don’t forget the purpose of today! Happy Memorial Day!

Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.


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    I am celebrating memorial day with my family at home and make our cultural traditions alive.

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    Thanks Courtney for sharing the information about such a memorable day with us. We celebrate this type of holidays with our family and friends. But we often forget the cause of such holidays. We must respect those men and women for their sacrifices. Thanks once again.