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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Memorial Day ~ Official Kick off to Summer!

As we get ready for Memorial Day weekend here in the lake country, we are preparing for the official beginning of summer. Very soon, our little towns will be busting at the seams with our summer residents, and the agents at RE/MAX Lakes Area Realty had a big hand in helping those summer residents buy their dream home on the lake. Businesses are getting ready for our summer friends, and will welcome them with open arms as old friends reunite. It’s amazing for those of us that live here year round to watch the transformation every year. 

But Memorial Day is much, much more. Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered. The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. There are many Memorial Day services around the state, and they are particularly popular and well attended in our local communities. For a list of Memorial Day services you could attend, here are the links:
·         Nisswa
·         Crosslake
·         Longville
·         Alexandria

If you have time, please visit one of these moving events. We owe our freedom to those men and woman who put their lives on the line for our way of life. To those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, we can only say you will forever be remembered in our hearts. And to those who are protecting our country today, “thank you” just doesn't seem to be enough, but we are very thankful you are serving our country. The United States of America is a country worth fighting and dying for. The brave men and women of the armed forces understand that every time they look in the mirror as they proudly put on their uniform. The rest of us are so thankful there are people like you. 

So as you’re throwing a burger on the grill, or getting up on your water skis for the first time, or sinking that first putt, or catching your first fish, remember those for whom Memorial Day is in remembrance of. We owe so much to all of you.

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