Next Monday we celebrate Memorial Day. And for most American’s that means it’s the unofficial start of Summer. Backyard barbecues, afternoon naps in the hammock, and trips to America’s great national parks. But surprisingly, many American’s don’t even know what they’re celebrating.
Memorial Day was first observed in May 1868 commemorating both the Union and Confederate war dead. Survivors and families of the fallen would place flowers on the headstones of soldiers from both sides. Since World War 1, it has honored those who died in all of America’s wars.
While it’s a somber day, it’s important to remember what those soldiers fought for. It was to allow us the freedom to enjoy life as they would, and did. The photo above wonderfully illustrates that even in the midst of World War II, Europe’s “liberators” took a moment to liberate some wine and celebrate.
So let’s all raise a glass and toast those G.I.’s who shared our ethos: Wine is life. Life is short. Savor every drop.