Memorial Day: 5 things you didn’t know about the holiday

Read up on five interesting things to consider while we’re gathering, celebrating, and paying respects the men and women who died serving this country. Many Americans see Memorial Day as an opportunity to relax in the yard, gather with friends, or plan a weekend getaway — and it very much is. But at the same time, it’s important that we never lose sight of the day’s significance.
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Best Places to Travel for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated in remembrance of military service members who have died in the line of duty. It was originally called Decoration Day, as the holiday was centered on decorating the graves of those who had fallen in the Civil War. Even if you don’t attend a Memorial Day ceremony this year, join others around the nation and pause for one minute in an act of national unity to thank fallen service members for our freedom. Set an alarm for 3 pm (your local time) on Monday, May 28th. Everyone in the nation is asked to hold one minute of silence in their respective time zones to remember those who gave their lives for our country.
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Military Dogs Receive Top Honors

American Humane’s Lois Pope K-9 Medals of Courage

A fearless Black Lab who uncovered IEDs in Afghanistan and Iraq; a pound puppy who became a Specialized Search Dog and saved countless lives during his 210 combat missions; a Chocolate Lab who protected our troops and survived deadly ambushes by the Taliban; a four-footed warrior who was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and safeguarded 26,000 U.S. servicemembers; and a brave Explosive Detection Dog who served overseas on the frontlines of the War on Terror and now protects Americans on the home front, have all been chosen as the 2017 recipients of American Humane’s Lois Pope K-9 Medal of Courage. The awards, presented at a Capitol Hill, are the nation’s highest honor for military dogs for extraordinary valor and service to America.
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American Veterans (AMVETS) Department of California Services Foundation: Addressing Homeless Veterans with National Partner – Living Spaces

On a single night in January 2017, 40,056 veterans were experiencing homelessness in the U.S. The recent HUD Point in Time report revealed that 29% of all veterans in the United States live in California this equates to 11,472 veterans. California’s unsheltered veterans (living outside) rate is 67%. Continue reading American Veterans (AMVETS) Department of California Services Foundation: Addressing Homeless Veterans with National Partner – Living Spaces

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