Memorial Day ~ The History of.…

“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thou­sand liv­ing men.” ~Minot J. Savage

Memo­r­ial Day is upon us and as you spend the long week­end enjoy­ing the warm weather and spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends, let us not for­get the true mean­ing behind the holiday.

The hol­i­day dates back to the 1860s and began as a time to dec­o­rate the graves of sol­diers who had given their lives in bat­tle.  It was offi­cially called Dec­o­ra­tion Day in 1868 by Gen­eral John Logan. Over the years, the hol­i­day has under­gone a few changes. It became known as Memo­r­ial Day in the 1880s but the name wasn’t offi­cially rec­og­nized until 1967 by fed­eral law.  It was changed again the next year when the Uni­form Hol­i­days Bill was passed by Con­gress.  This changed Memo­r­ial Day to the last Mon­day in May and made it a three day weekend.

Tra­di­tional cel­e­bra­tions include dec­o­rat­ing the graves at our national ceme­ter­ies with Amer­i­can flags.  Most peo­ple are unaware that there is a moment of remem­brance at 3pm local time.  Another Memo­r­ial Day tra­di­tion is to fly the Amer­i­can flag at half-staff until noon and then at full-staff until sunset.

While enjoy­ing your time away from work, let’s take a moment to remem­ber that this hol­i­day is a remem­brance of those who have given their life in bat­tle to pro­tect our free­doms that we enjoy this very day.

On behalf of Eti­quette Con­sult­ing Inc, we would like to thank those who have faught and died for our freedom.

Saluting Our Veterans

We at Pro­to­col 411 and For A Jul Pro­duc­tions would like to express our heart­felt thanks to all the mem­bers of the armed forces and their vet­er­ans.  Your sac­ri­fice and ded­i­ca­tion for this coun­try allow us to live our lives in free­dom.  Thank you for every­thing you do.  God bless you and God bless America.

 We also would like to take a moment and remem­ber the Fort Hood victims;

Lieu­tenant Colonel Juanita L. War­man, 55, of Havre De Grace, Mary­land.
Major Libardo Car­aveo, 52, of Wood­bridge, Vir­ginia.
Cap­tain John P. Gaffaney, 54, of San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia.
Cap­tain Rus­sell Sea­ger, 41, of Racine, Wis­con­sin.
Chief War­rant Offi­cer, Retired, Michael Cahill of Cameron, Texas.
Staff Sergeant Justin Decrow, 32, of Ply­mouth, Indi­ana.
Sergeant Amy Krueger, 29, of Kiel, Wis­con­sin.
Spe­cial­ist Jason Hunt, 22, of Till­man, Okla­homa.
Spe­cial­ist. Fred­er­ick Greene, 29, of Moun­tain City, Ten­nesee.
Spe­cial­ist Kham Xiong, 23, of St. Paul, Min­nesota.
Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, 19, of West Jor­dan, Utah.
Pfc. Michael Pear­son, 22, of Bolin­brook, Illi­nois.
Pri­vate Franch­eska Velez, 21, of Chicago, Illinois.

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Valentines Day Etiquette - Jules HirstAs we get older, Valentine’s Day looms larger and larger.  Either we are with some­one spe­cial and feel the angst of mak­ing the day extra spe­cial or we are alone and feel worse because we have nobody to cel­e­brate with.  It doesn’t have to feel this way.  With a lit­tle fore­thought and plan­ning, Valentine’s Day can be fun for every­one.  Review our tips below to help add a lit­tle fun to your Valentine’s Day.

  • If you have a spe­cial some­one, talk about Valentine’s Day with them.  This is not a time to make assump­tions.  Maybe your part­ner is really into Valentine’s Day or maybe not.  Maybe you are.  By talk­ing it over, both sides will have an under­stand­ing of the other’s expec­ta­tions and then can plan accordingly.
  • If you don’t have a spe­cial some­one at the moment but are think­ing about ask­ing some­one, don’t wait until the last minute.  There is noth­ing worse than being turned down and then not hav­ing a backup plan.  By ask­ing the per­son ahead of time, you now have time to make plans to cel­e­brate or cre­ate a backup plan to spend time with friends.
  • Valentine’s Day this year is on a Mon­day, which isn’t always the best day to cel­e­brate.  By plan­ning ahead you can turn it into a week­end event or just cel­e­brate a day or two early.  This will help beat the crowds and can lead to bet­ter service.
  • Gift giv­ing doesn’t have to be extrav­a­gant.  Every woman would love a lit­tle blue box from Tiffany’s, but if that’s not in the bud­get this year then find some­thing per­sonal and spe­cial.  Remem­ber, it’s the thought that counts.
  • Flow­ers and choco­lates are Valentine’s Day sta­ples but don’t break the bank try­ing to impress.  A sin­gle rose can declare love just as well as a dozen roses but doesn’t cost nearly as much.
  • You don’t have to be alone on Valentine’s Day.  Some of your friends may not have sig­nif­i­cant oth­ers, so plan an out­ing for that evening so that you are not alone.  Have a bowl­ing night or a movie night.  Spend­ing time with friends can be just as reward­ing and can help fill any void you may be feeling.

Plan­ning ahead can remove the anx­i­ety from Valentine’s Day.  Talk­ing with your part­ner about Valentine’s Day plans will help ease the stress from both of you and will lead to an improved cel­e­bra­tion.  Also, if you are sin­gle plan an event with friends because they may be sin­gle as well and the com­pan­ion­ship will ben­e­fit you both.

Trick or Treat Etiquette



Trick or Treat EtiquetteHal­loween is an evening when a child can dress up and be who­ever they want, but no mat­ter who your child wants to be don’t for­get to take your trick or treat eti­quette with you. Here is a list of Do’s and Don’ts to remember:

For Givers:

If you are plan­ning on giv­ing out candy do leave your porch light on. Leav­ing the light on sig­ni­fies that you are in the trick-or-treat business.


Giv­ing out fruit, box of raisins or home­made treats, although done with the best inten­tions, is not a good idea. Par­ents are more than likely to throw away any­thing that is hand­made and/or open, plus kids are there for candy.

Trick or Treaters:

Only go to the homes with the porch light on. Knock or ring the door­bell once and stand back.


Do say trick or treat. Unless your cos­tume is deer in the head­lights, don’t stand there with your bag open with a blank stare.


Only take one to two pieces of candy and remem­ber to say “thank you” and never say “I don’t like that”.


Stay on the side­walk and off the grass and flowerbeds.


If you still don’t have a cos­tume Here are some ideas for no-sew Hal­loween costumes.


If you are the host­ess with most­ess tonight here are some ideas for easy Hal­loween treats


Don’t let poor eti­quette take away the fun on this All Hallows Eve.