We’re heading into Memorial Day weekend – a time to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our county. The folks at Mental Floss have put together some information about the holiday for some added perspective.
MEMORIAL DAY BEGAN AS A RESPONSE TO THE CIVIL WAR.
Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which a total of some 620,000 soldiers died between both sides. The loss of life and its effect on communities throughout the country led to several spontaneous commemorations of the dead.
Waterloo, New York began holding an annual community service on May 5, 1866. Although many towns claimed the title, it was Waterloo that won congressional recognition as the “Birthplace of Memorial Day.”
MEMORIAL DAY WAS ORIGINALLY KNOWN AS DECORATION DAY.
The holiday was long known as Decoration Day for the practice of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. The name Memorial Day goes back to 1882, but the older name didn’t disappear until after World War II. It wasn’t until 1967 that federal law declared “Memorial Day” the official name.
We haven’t posted in a while. On March 1st, we returned to our base in Pahrump. It’s been really nice to be back in our community. A lot changed in the five months we were on the road. The clubhouse is finished – complete with a state of the art gym, pool, hot tub, pickle ball and tennis courts, and so much more. Plus we have a ton of new neighbors.
History & Interesting Facts about Pahrump, NV
- Pahrump had 2,000 residents in 1980 and grew to 22,000 in 2017. Today there are over 36,000 residents living in the Pahrump valley.
- Summers in Pahrump are generally hot and dry, with occasional pushes of monsoonal moisture beginning in early July. June – August can get between 100-110 degrees with night time temps noticeably cooler.
- Summer nights are pleasantly warm in the mid-60s or 70s. By late August and early September, the sweltering summer heat tempers down. The windiest time of year is spring, like most locations in the Mojave desert.
When last we left you we were headed back to Port St Lucie, Florida. We had a great time at the Motorcoach Resort.
One of the things we really enjoyed was the entertainment. It seems like every week there was some event featuring a live band and more.
After Port St Lucie, we headed south to Margate, Florida (near Fort Lauderdale) where we met up with our friends Joel and Wendy Katz. We had met them several years ago at the Aztec RV Resort, and we’ve been able to visit them at their home in South Carolina. It was great to catch up again.
We took in a great concert at the Broward County Performing Arts Center – The Four Tops and The Temptations! It was such a fun night.
Our purpose in coming to Florida this winter was to attend cousin John Simon’s wedding to his beautiful bride Nikki. And in February, the ceremony took place at a quaint little chapel in Ocoee, Florida.
The Journey Back
Following the wedding, we headed for Nevada. It’s a looooonnnnnggggg drive across country, and we didn’t do a lot of sightseeing. We did stop at Buc-ee’s in Alabama. Wow!
Buc-ee’s is a huge gas station / travel center. They are primarily located in Texas, but we happened to see this one in Alabama and we needed fuel, so…
Inside they have a huge gift shop, food to order, and all the typical supplies. It was huge.
We celebrated Cathy’s birthday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Decided to go to a buffet for dinner, made friends with a couple in line, and we all had dinner together. Fun people. Great food.
First stop in Texas was Houston to see Janelle and Andrew (Jeff’s sister and brother in law) and kids. Unfortunately, Andrew was tied up with work, but we had a fun dinner catching up.
We also took time to visit the Houston Space Center. It was interesting, but the space centers in Alabama and Cape Canaveral were more impressive. Here are some highlights.
One of our bucket list items was to see Bob Seger in concert, and we got our chance in Las Vegas. The show did not disappoint. He is such a great entertainer, and his voice sounded strong as ever. We really had a blast.
Prepping for the Summer Trip
It’s been a great three months in Pahrump. In some ways we hate to leave our new friends and the great activities, but we do know the 115 degree summer is just around the corner and we’re heading to milder climates. Looking forward to exploring some more National Parks, as well as meeting up with friends. Stay tuned for more reports about our adventures along the way…