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May 22 2008   4:00PM GMT

Observing Memorial Day: How to celebrate the fallen online

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Next Monday is Memorial Day. During the federal holiday, most U.S.-based workers will take the time to be with family, pay their respects to fallen soldiers and family members and celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer.

Last year , Edward Rothstein suggested in the New York Times that on Memorial Day, consider turning off the computer and firing up the barbecue.

Unfortunately for sysops, network admins, webmasters and anyone else tasked with maintaining mission-critical systems or guaranteeing 99.99% uptime for an online service or ebusiness, the Internet won’t pause to pay its respects.

[Image Credit: NASA, via FlipSideShow.com]

If you’re stuck in the server room or need to catch up on help desk tickets, here’s a short list of places to pay your respects.

You can find more information about official observation of the holiday at USMemorialDay.org.

The History Channel’s Memorial Day website features videos, battle maps and a forum for veterans. According to this article from K.C. Jones, the interactive site “includes information about conflicts ranging from the American Revolution to the current war in Iraq, a span of time in which an estimated 1.4 million U.S. soldiers have lost their lives.”

If you’re an teacher or parent interested in educating your students more about the holiday, Education-World.com has a list of 5 Lessons for Teaching About Memorial Day.

USVets.tv will have a live webcast of Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. speaking at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at 1 PM EST.

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