May 27, 2013

True Meaning of Memorial Day (+ Sales!)

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (From my family's trip to Arlington Cemetery a week and a half ago.)


This post will cover both the true meaning of Memorial Day and... the superficial meaning.

My friend Chase shared a quote in church yesterday about the reason behind Memorial Day. The following quote is from President Harry S. Truman's Prayer for Peace on Memorial Day 1948.

"Memorial Day each year provides a fitting occasion upon which American citizens, who have ever been devoted to the ways of peace, may direct their attention to the human losses resulting from the ravages of war.

From the sacred memory of beloved friends and relatives who were sacrificed in the ordeal of battle, we may derive inspiration for renewed prayers and redoubled exertions in a mighty striving for peace.

Although the months and years after the end of hostilities in the world's most tragic war are steadily passing, mankind has not yet found the long-sought basis of an unbreakable, righteous peace. In all humility we wish to acknowledge our need for divine guidance.

Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, pursuant to a resolution of Congress approved May 28, 1948, do hereby call upon the people of the United States to observe Sunday, May 30, 1948, as Memorial Day by praying to Almighty God, each in accordance with his religious faith, that permanent peace may prevail among men."

May we remember that today is more than a day off; it's a chance for us to honor those who have served their country and those who have fought for peace across the world.


In addition to being a reverent day, Memorial Day also happens to be a really great shopping day. My sister gets married next month, and I need to buy a dress! (If you see anything while you're out, it has to be yellow, turquoise, or lime green + must have sleeves, please!) I forwarded an e-mail about a Gap sale to my friend Caitlin (She's been wanting a particular dress, and it's discounted today! Go get it, C!), and I decided I may as well share a few other finds here, too.

  • 50% off EVERYTHING!! No code required. Priced as marked. (Maybe I'll buy this dress for my sister's wedding?? And could THESE be the perfect nude wedges I've been searching for for so long???! Camille, why are you at the beach today?!!)
  • 30% off Sale items with code: "HELLOSTYLE"
  • $5 shipping!
  • Free returns on all orders

  • Take an extra 35% off with code "BRDIVEIN." (Mom! This sale is for you!)
  • Free shipping on orders over $50
  • Free returns on all orders
  • Certain items marked up to 40% off
  • Extra 20% off your order with code "GAPGIFT"
Lime Ricki Swimwear (modest suits for women & men!)
  • Take 25% off your order with code "MEMDAY25"
  • Shipping is always just $5
These sales are good today only, so hurry up! As for me, I'm off to my local J. Crew to try on sizes before buying online. :) Happy Memorial Day, y'all!

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