Posts Tagged ‘Memorial Day

25
May
15

Symbolism

22
May
15

flamboyant & loss

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lifting the spirits to see
counters the darkness

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Sincere remembrances on Memorial Day weekend.

26
May
14

Vivid Poppy…In Memoriam

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26
May
13

Memorial Day (Decoration Day) Remembrances

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“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), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.” (more)

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28
May
12

Every Day in May Challenge: (News) Memorial Day & Remembrance

In the News: It is beyond dutiful, to remember the United States holiday of Memorial Day. It is a time to remember those that perished in the service of their country. It has become a broader remembrance of our loved ones who have passed on. I believe that is a good thing, as long as somewhere in the recesses of the mind there is a squaring up and paying of respect to those that died fighting wars; those that served and women that waited.

Memorial Day at my parents grave. They Served Then and Thereafter.

 I grew up in a neighborhood that joined together on such holidays as Memorial Day to display flags and seemingly act reverential. People new people who had perished in WWII or Korea. My parents never went on and on about my dad’s service. I won’t either. He served. He saw. He internalized. He suffered. He and my mom paid a price. It should be memorialized for more than one day in your mind and heart. Bless my parents.

No politicizing, patronizing, flag waving, flag burning, moralizing, pontificating….seriously bow your head and say a prayer for those that lost their lives in some hell hole. The least you can do today. I guess that is sermonizing. 

TOMORROW’S EVERY DAY IN MAY WRITING CHALLENGE TOPIC: INSPIRATION/ASPIRATION

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30
May
11

Sincere Memorial Day

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In memory of all that have sacrificed for us: in service of our country, our liberty, our upbringing, our well being. Blessings, prayers, thanks and recognition in memory of your sacrifices.

 

31
May
10

Memorial Day……Thank You

Perfect timing today, Memorial Day, a rainy morning. We and many others came to honor the departed. A common theme at Willamette National Cemetary…someone served. Thousands upon thousands of American flags point to those that had served. We walked in the rain to the spot, and as by chance, we were close to cannons that boomed out a 21 gun salute, which echoed from atop the hillside. That alone gets your attention. Followed by taps, we gazed down at our two patriots and up at all the others.

There were several placards depicting the fresh faces of several hundred NW soldiers that had recently died in the Middle East. A reminder of the older and newer generations that served…and some that did not get to serve out the rest of their interrupted lives. Without additional comments…Thank You.




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