Extend summer break. That’s right, the kids go back too soon. Labor Day is a great holiday that marks the unofficial end of summer. For retailers and restaurants at the Jersey shore it’s the time of year to evaluate the success of the summer and get ready for the long season until the shore is bustling again around Memorial Day.
Here’s my thought. Why not extend the summer break for kids in NJ until the Monday AFTER Labor Day? For working parents the week of Labor Day is the perfect vacation week at the shore. There’s no competition from the Philly crowds as they’re back in school immediately following the holiday. And only a need to use four vacation days as the Monday holiday is built in for just about everyone. Including me, we tape Chasing News throughout the week leading up to the holiday and the “music comes out to play” in the am on holidays.
It’s Memorial Day weekend. Time to take advantage of a three day weekend and enjoy family, friends and hopefully take a moment to acknowledge those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. I thought I’d take the space today to talk about the holiday, it’s real meaning and the way you can honor the fallen. You already know I served for eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, but my sacrifice was minimal. I never had to endure the rigors, stress and violence of combat. Although many of the men I served with did. For you guys, Ellicott, Trimmer, Maziarz, Harper, Berezny and the many others who stayed in long after I was honorably discharged, enjoy the long weekend. Your commitment to our nation is exemplary and your patriotism unmatched. Semper Fi Marines.