So we can’t even get the Federal holiday we were promised out of this deal…

…let alone observe the day away from work and in the way of our choosing.

At least, not those of us who work or study at the University of Georgia. From the school’s website:

Memorial Day
University in regular operation. In order to allocate the authorized 12 state holidays this year and to observe a holiday on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, offices are open and classes will be held on a regular schedule this Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

Oh, I see. Good decision.

18 comments

  1. UGAchris says:

    Nonsense. It’s Memorial Day, a Federal holiday. School should not be in session. Period.

  2. jm says:

    Veterans day – federal holiday. Even public schools were open. MLK day – federal holiday…some schools open (not in GA, though)… Columbus day…did you even remember that one? http://www.opm.gov/fedhol/2007.asp

    The only reason most people celebrate Memorial day is to kick off their summer. And that is a sad truth.

  3. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Since when did “state holidays” (whatever they are; I can’t think of a single one of the dozen mentioned by UGA) take precedence over federal holidays?

  4. bowersville says:

    I believe state holidays are approved by the legislature for state facilities and employees. The federal holidays are set by the federal government for fed facilities and employees.

    Common holidays such as 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc are approved by both. An example of a Georgia holiday not on the federal list is RE Lee’s birthday, Jan 19, observed on Nov. 23.

    From the sound of UGA holding classes on Memorial day, the Bd of Regents or UGA must be able to set their own policy for holidays.

    What a shame. Looks like they would have dropped RE Lee’s birthday instead of Memorial day.

  5. bowersville says:

    For clarification: Memorial Day is an authorized holiday by the Federal Govt and state of Georgia.

  6. bowersville says:

    The actual date Georgia holidays are observed, in the past, have been published as a Proclamation by the Governor.

    The reason: The holidays falling during the legislative session are observed on days generally associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas. There are a total of 12 holidays.
    Christmas eve, as an observed holiday, is on the list of official holidays along with Memorial day.

    Google “state of Georgia holidays” and compare it with the list of the 12 holidays observed by UGA. You’ll probably find that UGA “observed” a holiday on a date contrary to the Governor’s Proclamation.

  7. Federalist says:

    maybe it is just me, but it seems like people have started to take the most innane holidays for more than they are worth…just to get a day off. Furthermore, this slothliness has been exploited by the retail market to sell holiday memorabilia…whether it is chocolate and flowers for Valentines Day, or flags and bbq for vet day, mem day, and July 4th. If we are going to honor the veterans and those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms, we should do more than just take a day off of work or from school…we owe them that much.

  8. Holly says:

    Jeff is a veteran, so he definitely deserved the day off. Sorry you didn’t get the holiday, Jeff. šŸ™

  9. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Uh Oh, there’s John Douglas! Looks like it’s going to be another busy session for the Veterans and Military Affairs Committee….perhaps a study committee?
    šŸ˜‰

  10. Loren says:

    Georgia’s state holidays are governed by OCGA 1-4-1. They include all federal holidays as of January 1, 1984, and Governor’s choice of at least one of the following: January 19 (Robert E. Lee’s Birthday), April 26 (Confederate Memorial Day), or June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ Birthday). The number of holidays is set at a minimum of 12, not a maximum.

  11. Darth Mike says:

    Wow. Wowee Wow Wow.

    That is how the members of the public education leadership choose to honor our fallen and educate the young minds of our state on the history of those who fought and died for us.

    This is yet another fact in support of private schools/universities and how many public institutions have lost touch with reality.

  12. Darth Mike says:

    Federalist…I agree with you completely. People don’t celebrate the reason for the holiday, they celebrate having a holiday from their real life/work/school.

    Now excuse me, I need to go order my Hallmark Flag Day cards, the box of Flag shaped chocolates, the Red, White, and Blue Floral arangement, the Flaggy stuffed figurine(the official mascot of Flag Day) so it will get here before the 14th of June…

  13. Nicki says:

    Just my opinion, but I’d rather we just get off December 24th for the simple reason that for many of us we must take it off if we’re to spend the 25th with family.

    As for what it says about our priorities, I’d be more likely to agree if the vast majority of people did anything meaningful or related with the day. Sadly, they do not.

  14. griftdrift says:

    Yes, yes. Because no card carrying member of the left would be religious. Not at all. Atheism is the first question asked when applying for a membership card.

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