Memorial Day Check List
Ever wonder how Memorial Day came to be? Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays)
According to AAA, an estimated 32.4 million people — roughly 11 percent of the U.S. population — will take some kind of trip over the holiday, most of them on the road. That’s an increase of 1.5 percent from last year’s dismal travel season, when pump prices rose above $4 a gallon and millions of people stayed put.
So if you’re traveling this weekend, here are some technology tips to remember.
Make sure to sync your phone with Facebook Mobile and Twitter so that you can stay in communication with your friends and family during your trip.
Make sure you bring extra batteries/chargers for your camera. If you don’t have a camera, pick up a Flip Mini HD
Bring a fully charged iPod and make sure you have a connector for the iPod.
If you’re traveling long distances, consider bringing or renting a portable DVD player for the kids in the backseat (it keeps them from asking “Are we there yet?” every five minutes.
Leave a comment below if you have any other Technology Trip Tips.