Memorial Day!

by William Teach | May 25, 2008 9:02 am


One of the things I do over on my site every Sunday is post a patriotic pinup, the painted types. This one is a few years old, added in the flag background. Never been able to figure out who the artist is, though

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860’s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

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Memorial Day

by John Hawkins | May 29, 2006 2:43 pm

I’m on vacation, but I just wanted to take a moment today to say thanks to all the soldiers, past and present, who’ve made up the backbone of this country. From Washington, to Jackson, to Grant, to Pershing, to Patton, to MacArthur, to Franks…from Bunker Hill, to Meuse-Argonne, to Midway, Inchon, and Fallujah — from the greatest American generals, to the lowliest grunts, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Your efforts, under the harshest and most unforgiving of conditions, have kept us free and allowed us to become the greatest nation that has ever existed on God’s green earth.

Paraphrasing something Reagan once said, some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. Our soldiers don’t have that problem.

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