Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Memorial Day History: "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."


Charles Gramlich said...

Seems like when I was young they still called it Decoration day where I was from in the south.

Online Home Inspector said...

You want to honor fallen soldiers today, in fact all our soldiers both deceased and alive, write or call the White House and tell Obama enough is enough, and he won't get one dime for the billion dollars he wants to raise for his re-election as long as he continues to spend our blood and blood money on this war, not your vote either. Write someone's name the next election in and send both republicans and democrats a message this war is their preserve and not yours, and you won't bloody your hands with it by voting for any of them.