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May 2023



Cinco de Mayo  -  May 5  

A common misconception about this day is that it is Mexico’s Independence day; it’s not actually.  Rather, it’s a celebration of the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican war.     

Kentucky Derby  -  The first Saturday in May 

This is the first race of the Triple Crown which consists of the Kentucky Derby, followed by the Preakness Stakes and ending with the Belmont Stakes .  The Derby is known as the ‘Run for the Roses’ as the winning horse is draped in a blanket of roses.

Mother’s Day  -   May 14

Mother’s Day is always the second Sunday in May. Traditionally, the flower associated with this day is the carnation.  Pink signifies gratitude and red signifies admiration. We have a 20+ year tradition of taking a picnic to Southport Harbor with our dear friends the Trischmans.  Our kids would play frisbee and tennis ball tag with the dads while Sue (aka Ethel to my Lucy) and I sipped a libation of choice and toasted each other.  Even though we’re both empty nesters now, we continue this wonderful tradition; (sans the frisbee and ball tag).  How do you, are you, celebrate(d)??  Please leave me a comment below!  

Armed Forces Day  -  May 20

This day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May.  It’s a day to thank all the men and women (past and present) of the United States Armed Forces for their service.   

Memorial Day  -  May 29

Memorial Day is always the last Monday in May.  This is a sacred day of honoring those of our American Military who gave the utmost sacrifice in defense of our country.  On a personal note, I am proud to say my father served in the army/airforce in WWII.  His plane was shot down over France and he subsequently became a POW for 13 months. He has the honor of being buried at Arlington National Cemetery, along with my beloved mother.   

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