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A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 5.30.05
Yahoo.com, Whitehouse.gov, Various ^ | Monday 30, 2005 | Snugs

Posted on 05/30/2005 2:35:37 PM PDT by snugs

Today is Memorial Day President Bush commemorated this solemn event by taking part in the ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery along with the Secretary of Denfense Donald Rumsfeld.

For further details of this event and Arlington Cemetery in general visit http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/

Yesterday 29th May 2005, Secretary of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld addressed a Memorial Day Rolling Thunder veterans rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, May 29, 2005. Earlier in the day, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Richard Myers had led thousands of the Rolling Thunder motorcycle riders into Washington for their 18th annual 'Ride for Freedom' and rally for veterans

The history of Memorial Day
Each year, on the last Monday in May, the USA celebrates Memorial Day. For many, this day carries no special meaning except perhaps an extra day off from work, a beach barbecue, the start of the summer travel season, or for merchants, the opportunity to hold their annual Memorial Day Weekend sale.

In reality, the holiday is observed in honor of the nation's armed service personnel who were killed in wartime (in the UK this is the 11th November – Remembrance Day at which on the 11th hour of the 11th month we have a minutes silence all over the Britain).

The custom of honoring the graves of the war dead began prior to the end of the Civil War, but the national Memorial Day holiday (or "Decoration Day," as it was originally named) was first observed on May 30, 1868, on the order of General John Alexander Logan for the purpose of decorating the graves of the American Civil War dead. With the passage of time, Memorial Day was extended to honor all those who died in service, from the Revolutionary War to the present. It continued to be observed on May 30th until 1971, when most states changed to a newly established federal schedule of holiday observance.

Confederate Memorial Day, once a legal holiday in many southern states, is still observed on the fourth Monday in April in Alabama, and the last Monday in April in Mississippi and Georgia. A National Moment of Remembrance

May of 1997 saw the start of what is becoming an American tradition recognized by the President and Members of Congress -- to put the "memorial" back in Memorial Day. The idea of a National Moment of Remembrance was born a year earlier when children touring Lafayette Park in Washington, DC were asked what Memorial Day meant and they responded, "That's the day the pools open!"

The "Moment" was initiated by No Greater Love, a Washington, DC-based national humanitarian organization. For the first time in U.S. history, on Memorial Day 1997 "Taps" was played at 3 p.m. in many locations and at events throughout America. This effort was repeated again in subsequent years.

The objective of the "Moment" is to raise Americans' awareness of the honorable contributions made by those who died while defending our nation and to encourage all Americans to honor those who died as a result of service to this nation by pausing for one minute at 3:00 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day.

This History of Taps

http://www.west-point.org/taps/Taps.html

Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island which today a tribute to Memorial Day



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: donaldrumsfeld; generalmyers; georgewbush; memorialday; military
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To: snugs

Thousands of people gather to pay their respects on Memorial Day at the amphitheatre in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 30, 2005


Tyler Jones, 10, of Austin, Texas, waves a small American flag at the Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, May 30, 2005. President George Bush had addressed the gathering after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.


A national Veterans of Foreign Wars honor guard exits a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, May 30, 2005


21 posted on 05/30/2005 2:50:53 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: snugs

Woo-hoo! Look at General Myers in that great flag shirt! I like that!


22 posted on 05/30/2005 2:51:31 PM PDT by LUV W ((Freedom is on the march. Freedom is the birthright and deep desire of every human soul.GWB 3-29-05))
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To: snugs

Ya done good lady. Great work, and I'll add my thanks to the others posted here.


23 posted on 05/30/2005 2:51:43 PM PDT by Morgan in Denver
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To: snugs

Thats it for photos please feel free to post and re-post photos or graphics in the spirit of this thread.

ALL CLEAR


24 posted on 05/30/2005 2:52:08 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: GretchenM; snugs; All

Very good Thank you


25 posted on 05/30/2005 2:54:32 PM PDT by anonymoussierra (In te credo, in te spero, te amo, te adoro, beata Trinitas unus Deus)
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To: LUV W
I thought it was pretty cool myself and thought I must post that as I have picked up we have quite a few fans of General Myers on the dose so I thought they would appreciate it.
26 posted on 05/30/2005 2:56:44 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: snugs
Snugs,....what an OUTSTANDING job you've done!!!!

Thank you so very much....WOW!

27 posted on 05/30/2005 2:57:11 PM PDT by NordP (Keeping America Great - Rice/Hughes in 2008 ! -- What do you mean, she won't run?)
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To: Morgan in Denver

Thank you Morgan much appreciated


28 posted on 05/30/2005 2:57:15 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: anonymoussierra

Good evening Sara


29 posted on 05/30/2005 2:57:41 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: NordP

Thank you


30 posted on 05/30/2005 2:58:02 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: snugs
Toaster winner think of what you want

I'm pleasantly shocked! I had no idea this honor would befall me today. I want to thank Jim Robinson for creating this forum, and rintense for creating this thread, Brad's Gramma for coming up with the Toaster Award, and you, for picking up the Banner of the Toaster Awards, to make this all possible. I also would like to thank Kathy and Peter for lending me a computer in 1997 to get me started on the Internet; Jeremy and Melissa, and Chris, people since then who have given me computers to keep this web effort going.

I'm stalling for time to figure out what kind of toaster I would like. ;-)

31 posted on 05/30/2005 3:01:45 PM PDT by GretchenM (Panama Canal: America finished what France couldn't; but it took Carter to give it to China.)
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To: snugs
I would also like to thank my son, Mark, for giving me a computer. (I knew there was someone very important that I was leaving off that list!)
32 posted on 05/30/2005 3:03:00 PM PDT by GretchenM (Panama Canal: America finished what France couldn't; but it took Carter to give it to China.)
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She's really cute with that pony tail hanging down to her shoulders there. Must be the general's daughter, to get away with that!

33 posted on 05/30/2005 3:03:15 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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Be strong America good country!!!!BE STRONG AMERICA GOOD PRESIDENT THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

34 posted on 05/30/2005 3:04:01 PM PDT by anonymoussierra (In te credo, in te spero, te amo, te adoro, beata Trinitas unus Deus)
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To: SteveMcKing; All

I had not noticed that before you pointed that out, what are the actual regulations regarding women's hair?


35 posted on 05/30/2005 3:06:30 PM PDT by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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I am learning fast from what I can make out it is the same or very similar to our Remembrance Day in November.

We have Memorial Day on the last Monday in May to remember those who died serving our country, and Veterans' Day on November 11, to remember all veterans. The latter developed, I believe, as a result of the armistice ending WW 1 on 11/11 at 11 AM.

36 posted on 05/30/2005 3:07:24 PM PDT by GretchenM (Panama Canal: America finished what France couldn't; but it took Carter to give it to China.)
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sungs, beautiful job.

I particularly liked the retrospective of Memorial Days past w/President Bush.


37 posted on 05/30/2005 3:08:09 PM PDT by jtill
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I recently visited Arlington National Cemetary, end of April. The guide at the cemetary stated they have burials there every day now it seems because of the war in Iraq. There is also a new exhibit with the dead in Iraq in memorial.

When we were there was a burial. It really is quite sobering.


38 posted on 05/30/2005 3:10:02 PM PDT by sabe@q.com (Yes, I'm a SW freak!)
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To: snugs

How about a simple chrome model with a stunning picture of Laura Bush?


39 posted on 05/30/2005 3:10:50 PM PDT by GretchenM (Panama Canal: America finished what France couldn't; but it took Carter to give it to China.)
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To: snugs
I guess to stand out as a Vietnam veteran in this crowd you gotta have the proper costume...uh, uniform.

Sheesh!

40 posted on 05/30/2005 3:11:25 PM PDT by onedoug
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