Pat Shingleton: "A Memorable Day"
Relatives would refer to Memorial Day as "Decoration Day" where visitation s to grave sites included the placement of wreaths to those that died in service to our country. Stephen Ambrose's books, "Band of Brothers" and "D-Day" portrayed the experiences of individual soldiers during World war II. Excerpts included references to the difficulties in the "elements' for American victories. "Band of Brothers" became a mini-series on HBO. In addition to Tom Brokaw's book, "The Greatest Generation," soldiers of both European and Pacific Theaters were subjected to extreme conditions. The Battle of the Bulge found the soldiers of Easy Company without adequate winter clothing, maneuvering through mud, snow and sub-zero weather. The Steven Spielberg-Tom Hanks production, "Pacific", also depicted challenging weather conditions where tropical rains slowed the advance of armaments and supplies. These are examples of service and those that served during tough times and tough conditions. Memorial Day is also suggested as the unofficial start of the Summer saeson incorporating numerous outdoor activities. Physicians and skin care specialists recommend the use of sunscreen, not just at the beach, golf course, pool or tennis court but everyday. Researchers have determined that 90 percent of Americans polled know someone who has been diagnosed with some form of skin cancer. On cloudy days 80 percent of the sun's rays cause sunburn. If you notice a shadow with your back to the sun, sunscreen is needed. Sensitive areas such as the face, ears, lips and scalp require an extra layer.