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A Lesson in Observing

May 20, 2015   By Jessica Yourko in Community

School is starting to wind down, and traffic along the Grand Strand is starting to pick up. The temperature has hovered in the mid-80s for the last few weeks, and those heat pumps are humming all over. While it's not quite time for our family vacation, it's obvious that summer is on its way.

Next Monday, all the fun begins: Next Monday is Memorial Day.

Living in Myrtle Beach my entire life, Memorial Day has always signified the unofficial start to summer. Scores of visitors will begin to roll in, and our highways and hotels will be packed from now through Labor Day. Traffic will be unbearable, and most locals will just decide to stay home.

Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day, began after the American Civil War to honor Union and Confederate soldiers who died in service. After World War I, this holiday was expanded to include all American casualties of war or other military action.

In May 2000, President Bill Clinton passed the National Moment of Remembrance resolution. This resolution was established to encourage all Americans "to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps" at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day.

On Monday, May 25, Santee Cooper will observe Memorial Day. All retail offices will be closed; however, if you experience a power outage or other issue, please call us at 1-888-769-7688 or visit our storm center online at our Storms and Outages link to create a report. Santee Cooper Retail Offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 26.

On this kickoff to summer weekend, take a few minutes to put the memorial back into Memorial Day.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse/Released)