Monday, May 28, 2012

Honoring Memorial Day


Memorial Day  was an event that started to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War.  It was a way people in the Southern states honored their dead.  After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action. 

Originally Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day.  It wasn't until after World War II that Decoration Day became Memorial Day which was held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week on which at that time it fell in 1968.   Because of the Uniform Holidays Bill was a part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends.  Which meant from 1971 on Memorial Day holiday has been officially observe on the last Monday in the month of May.   This did however, take a longer period for all American States to recognize the new date.

Since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.

It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is combined with Jefferson Davis' Birthday in Mississippi.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday. All non-essential Government offices are closed, as are schools, businesses and other organizations. Most public transit systems do not run on their regular schedule. Many people see Memorial Day weekend as an opportunity to go on a short vacation or visit family or friends. This can cause some congestion on highways and at airports.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Wedding Designers For The Summer

Allure Romance -

Allure Bridals has bloomed into an award-winning bridal manufacturer.  Their background of 12 years a retail store.  Their first gown was which was an unadvertised collection.  Allure Bridals quickly gained reputation for beautifully beaded and well-constructed gowns.  The Allure family of brands has expanded
 Allure Bridals brand, the exquisite Allure Couture collection, as well as Allure Romance, Allure Modest, Allure Women, Bridesmaids, Allure Quinceanera, and Night Moves by Allure. 

Strapless, scooped neckline with lace appliqued, fitted bodice. Swarovski crystals define the dropped, waistline while lace and lace appliques edge the hem and train.
Colors: White/Silver, Diamond White/Silver
Fabric: Satin
Sizes: 2 - 32

Signature Allure embroidery and Swarovski crystals make this ball gown outstanding. The fitted bodice features a sweetheart neckline and rich embellishment throughout.
Colors: White/Silver, Ivory/Silver
Fabric: Tulle
Sizes: 2 - 32

An A-line ball gown with beautiful detail. The strapless bodice is adorned with embroidery and crystals while a ruched band defines the waistline.
Colors: White, Ivory
Fabric: Satin
Sizes: 14W - 32W

This gown is breathtaking. The slim silhouette is created from a soft charmeuse satin and all over Venice lace. The neckline is a sexy, sweetheart shape encrusted with Swarovski crystals.
Colors: White/Silver, Ivory/Silver, Ivory/Cafe/Silver
Fabric: Charmeuse Satin and Lace
Sizes: 2 - 32

A full, A-line gown featuring a ruched organza bodice with v-shaped neckline that continues to the back. The waistline is accented with beautiful beading and crystals.
Colors: White/Silver, Ivory/Silver
Fabric: Rich Taffeta
Sizes: 14W - 32W

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day

As the American President, on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made an official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.