It's Memorial Day
in the States today, which commemorates American men and women who died in military service for their country. It's beginnings date back to honour Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War
. The UK, Commonwealth and France and Belgium have their own Remembrance Day on the 11th November, the same day as Veterans Day
It's also a day for putting up pictures, as I just did, or take a a trip on Chicago's architectural boat tour as I will be later and for many families around the US today is national grill out day, as the barbeque gets it's first outing of the summer season. I don't actually own a BBQ (shame on me) but will be out on my balcony this evening as the weather surges past the 90 degree mark smelling other peoples chargrilled fare.
The other long standing tradition of Memorial Day is the running of the Indianapolis 500
, which has been held annually over this weekend since 1911.