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  • Memorial Day 2015, Lest We Forget

    05/25/2015 3:04:06 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 9 replies ^ | May 25, 2015 | David Webb
    The easiest way to pay a debt of gratitude is with respect and commemoration. On Memorial Day, remember to pause for a minute of silent honor at 3 PM, local time. Memorial Day is still officially known as Decoration Day. It is a day to remember those who have died in all of our wars.
  • Ten Neo-Confederate Myths

    03/10/2013 8:19:44 AM PDT · by BroJoeK · 902 replies
    March 9, 2013 | vanity
    Ten Neo-Confederate Myths (+one) "Secession was not all about slavery." In fact, a study of the earliest secessionists documents shows, when they bother to give reasons at all, their only major concern was to protect the institution of slavery. For example, four seceding states issued "Declarations of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify Secession from the Federal Union". These documents use words like "slavery" and "institution" over 100 times, words like "tax" and "tariff" only once (re: a tax on slaves), "usurpation" once (re: slavery in territories), "oppression" once (re: potential future restrictions on slavery). So secession wasn't just...
  • Memorial Day: An Evolved Observance Of America's Fallen Heroes

    05/26/2013 7:14:14 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies ^ | May 26,2013 | Lindsey Boerma
    Cantrell said for him, completion of the flag placement Thursday is the most touching moment of the entire weekend: "At the end of the day," he said, "when there are flags across the whole entire cemetery, you can look across to see the service and sacrifice that people of our country have made in order for us to remain a free country."
  • A Memorial Day Tribute

    05/25/2013 8:04:44 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 1 replies ^ | May 25, 2013 | TMLC
    Memorial Day is a time to remember the fallen heroes throughout our nation’s history “who gave the last full measure of devotion” to their nation. Mere words cannot capture the enormity of their sacrifice or the anguish of loved ones they left behind. Honor those who serve today. On this Memorial Day remember and pray for our troops who are in harm’s way today. And pray for their families and loved ones as they endure the hardship and uncertainty of deployment.

    05/23/2013 8:56:29 AM PDT · by Bill Russell · 1 replies ^ | 5/23/2013 | William Russell
    As I type my thoughts for this coming Memorial Day, it is my prayer that are worthy of surviving the flurry of other current events and will have an impact on those who read them and perhaps, will be referred to on other occasions and perhaps help drive the remembrance on future Memorial Days. I always experience a bit of dread as I ponder how to say something of relevance that goes beyond the standard “honoring those who gave all for our freedom” which gets circulated by so many writers while so many Americans head to the beach or prepare...
  • Thanks and Devotion This Memorial Day

    05/23/2013 3:37:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | May 23, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    If you were to suddenly appear this weekend at the numerous barbecues or pool parties, without any knowledge of our nation's history, it might be hard to understand the real meaning of Memorial Day. Is it a day to sell cars, clothes and mattresses? Is it a day off of work, a time to join with family and friends, and grill out? For our family, Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer. School is out, and we transition from the school year to summer activities. But, oh, it is so much more. Memorial Day can be traced back to...
  • Memorial Day, Gettysburg, and Amos Humiston

    05/24/2012 8:46:16 AM PDT · by NEWwoman ^ | May 23, 2012 | smithsk
    Humiston Children Memorial Day had its genesis in the Civil War. First known as Decoration Day, the holiday began by commemorating fallen Union soldiers. The event was inspired by how the Southern States had honored their dead, decorating Confederate graves, usually in the time frame of April through June. The first observance in the North was May 30, 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery as well as other cemeteries in the Northern States. But after World War I, the North and South agreed on the same date (May 30th). And Decoration Day was extended to all men and women, who...
  • Obama Confuses Memorial Day with Veterans Day

    05/25/2009 10:10:41 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 109 replies · 5,617+ views
    Federal Review ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2009
    The smartest president in U.S. history seems to have confused Memorial Day with Veterans Day: President Barack Obama saluted veterans and urged his countrymen to do the same this Memorial Day weekend, saying the nation has not always paid them proper respect. In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama said people can honor veterans by sending a letter or care package to troops overseas, volunteering at health clinics or taking supplies to a homeless veterans center. He said it could also mean something as simple as saying "thank you" to a veteran walking by on the street. ****...
  • Memorial Day Surprise [story about WWII vet & a B-17]

    05/22/2009 6:47:27 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 7 replies · 458+ views
    The Mountain Enterprise ^ | May 22, 2009 | Patric Hedlund
    This Monday, while the VFW is holding its 10 a.m. Memorial Day ceremony at the Cody Prosser Veteran’s Memorial in Frazier Mountain Park, Gary and Lois Lee of Lockwood Valey will be remembering Gary's father, Lt. Bert Lee. Lee was in the first plane to be shot down in the surprise attack of December 7, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. He lived to tell the tale. The phone rang this spring with an amazing message for his family. The well-known turkey rancher and apple grower, who passed away in 2006, had many tales to share around the dinner table about fighting...
  • Memorial Day : History,Photos & Rememberance

    05/29/2006 7:03:37 AM PDT · by AirBorn · 24 replies · 6,988+ views
    Memorial Day History ^ | April 24, 2006 | David Merchant
    " Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. 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...
  • Memorial Day MEMORIAL DAY, Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

    05/23/2003 5:02:23 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 237 replies · 1,023+ views
    Cooking With Carlo ^ | May 23 2003 | Carlo3b
    Memorial DayRemembering Our Fallen Heroes A Brief History of Memorial Day Decoration DayThe morning of May 5, 1865. The war weary townspeople of Waterloo, New York, continued the recent Sunday ritual of placing flowers, wreaths, and crosses on the graves of their fallen soldiers in their local cemetery. Much the same was happening throughout the country, in both the Northern and Southern states, as Americans slowly healed the wounds that ravaged our young nation during the Great Civil War. That same day, Henry C. Welles, a druggist in the village of Waterloo, suggested at a social gathering that a more...
  • Memorial Day 2002: The Blood of Patriots

    05/24/2002 9:27:15 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 8 replies · 198+ views ^ | May 24, 2002 | Alan Caruba
    On Monday, May 27th, the United States will celebrate Memorial Day. For most people it's just a three-day weekend. For some it's a day full of sales at the mall. For the more than 200,000 buried at Arlington National Cemetery, it will be a day when others will visit their graves. The living will do so because these fallen and countless thousands more gave their lives in the defense of freedom and liberty. America has a remarkable history in this respect. There were more than 4,400 deaths during the long war of the Revolution to achieve Independence. That was...
  • Let’s Not Forget This Memorial Day

    05/28/2012 5:00:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    News ^ | May 28, 2012 | Charlie Daniels
    This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend when we remember, reflect and pay homage to all the men and women who have paid the ultimate price for the freedom and prosperity we call the American way of life. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. It came into being after the Civil War as a day set aside to honor the Union war dead, but actually Southern ladies organizations and school children had decorated the graves of the Confederate dead even as the civil war was going on. Each area had its own date to decorate and though they may...
  • Rep. Allen West: Remembering our guardians at the gate

    05/28/2012 2:25:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    Human Events ^ | 05/28/201218 | Rep. Allen West
    The solemn act of honoring those who have fallen in battle is a custom that seems to have faded in importance to our nation over time. Nowadays, many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At cemeteries across the country, the graves of the fallen are sadly ignored, and worse, neglected. While there are towns and cities still planning Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some think the day is for honoring anyone who has died, not just those fallen in service to our country. Perhaps they do not know how deeply...
  • Our Forgotten Fallen, from an earlier war.

    05/28/2012 12:01:06 PM PDT · by SES1066 · 8 replies
    05/28/2012 | Self
    Today is Memorial Day, once also known as Decoration Day, hallowed to honor our military dead. Started to honor our Civil War dead, it has been expanded to honor all of our military dead of the United States from the Revolutionary War on (1775 to present). Yet in doing so, we still leave some out unless we become more expansive yet and include the 10,000+[1] of an even earlier conflict. I request those who read this, cast their minds back to a war that too many have forgotten but that forged an unbreakable mold upon our continent, "The French and...
  • Rest In Peace, Brave Heroes

    05/28/2012 11:01:05 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 28, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    On Veterans’ Day, which had its birth in the Armistice Day that celebrated the end of World War I, we thank our servicemen, both current and retired, for their service. We phone our parents, siblings, children… our neighbors or friends… we see someone in uniform at the store, the mall, the airport or at church, and we say, “Thank you for your service.” Of course, we can do that every day, but Veterans’ Day is a special day when we try harder to remember to. Memorial Day, now celebrated on the last Monday in May, is all of the above,...
  • Memorial Day History

    05/29/2011 2:56:56 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | 1994-2005 |
                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...
  • Obama Remembers U.S. War Dead, Including Civil War Rebels

    05/25/2009 2:47:18 PM PDT · by kristinn · 99 replies · 3,595+ views
    Reuters ^ | Monday, May 25, 2009 | Doug Palmer
    President Barack Obama sent a wreath Monday to a memorial for soldiers who fought on the side of slavery during the Civil War, continuing a 90-year-old Memorial Day tradition despite being urged by historians to “break this chain of racism.” The first black U.S. president also started a new tradition by sending a wreath to the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington honoring the 200,000 black soldiers who fought for Union forces in America’s bloodiest conflict. “We ask you to break this chain of racism stretching back to Woodrow Wilson and not send a wreath or other token of...
  • The First Memorial Day ( "Former slaves began American tradition 144 years ago in Charleston" )

    05/24/2009 6:27:01 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 1,477+ views
    The Post and Courier ^ | May 24, 2009 | Brian Hicks
    Charleston was in ruins. The peninsula was nearly deserted, the fine houses empty, the streets littered with the debris of fighting and the ash of fires that had burned out weeks before. The Southern gentility was long gone, their cause lost. In the weeks after the Civil War ended, it was, some said, "a city of the dead." On a Monday morning that spring, nearly 10,000 former slaves marched onto the grounds of the old Washington Race Course, where wealthy Charleston planters and socialites had gathered in old times. During the final year of the war, the track had been...
  • Local Confederate Veterans' Group Can’t March in Ohio Parade

    05/24/2009 6:22:51 AM PDT · by kellynla · 113 replies · 4,007+ views
    The Morehead News ^ | May 22, 2009 | staff
    The Morehead chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans have been denied a request to march in the Ironton Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade. The 5th Kentucky Infantry Camp #2122 received a letter from Arthur J. Pierson, parade grand marshal, rejecting the group’s request to participate in the parade, without giving any reasons why. “Your parade request for SCV, 5th Kentucky Infantry camp #2122 Morehead, KY, has been considered and NOT APPROVED,” the letter stated. The 5th Kentucky wanted to march with a color guard that would feature two Confederate flags – the Kentucky Confederate flag and the Confederate battle...
  • 'The last best hope'

    05/28/2006 11:25:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 493+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 29, 2006 | Suzanne Fields
        Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day, when the women of Columbus, Miss., decorated the graves of fallen Confederate soldiers, many of whom had been killed at nearby Shiloh Church in the first great blood-letting of our Civil War. Union wives and mothers soon followed the example, many to sing of kneeling "Where Our Loves are Sleeping."     For generations schoolchildren learned as a Memorial Day recitation the lines written by Col. John McRae, a Canadian doctor, as he took a break at a field hospital beside a cemetery at the Ypres salient in 1915: "In Flanders fields the poppies blow/between...
  • Confederate flag to fly Sunday in Missouri

    06/04/2005 5:27:41 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 125 replies · 2,402+ views
    AP ^ | 6/4/05 | David A. Lieb
    The Confederate flag is rising again in Missouri, and an NAACP leader is vowing a "drastic" response. Republican Gov. Matt Blunt has ordered the Confederate flag to fly Sunday at the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site in Higginsville, where an afternoon graveside service is planned to mark Confederate Memorial Day. The flag will fly for only one day, but a Blunt spokesman said Friday the governor also supports a scholarly review of whether it would be appropriate to again fly the Confederate flag regularly at the historic site. Mary Ratliff, president of the Missouri State Conference of the National Association...
  • Decoration Day Postcards in the Permanent Collection at Old City Park

    05/29/2005 5:36:16 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 1 replies · 169+ views
    Decoration Day is now what we refer to as Memorial Day, it first began as a way to honor our Civil War dead by decorating their graves. Many places claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day but the earliest documented record of this celebration dates to May 1866 in Waterloo, NY. In May 1966, Congress and President Johnson proclaimed Waterloo, NY the "Birthplace of Memorial Day". We now remember the dead of all our wars on this day. These cards are part of Raphael Tuck & Sons Decoration Day Post Card series. One card was produced in Germany, the...
  • Memorial Day History & Remembrance (Honor Our Veterans!)

    05/22/2004 5:32:56 AM PDT · by LadyShallott · 18 replies · 530+ views
    May 22, 2004 | Lady Shallott
    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:...
  • VIDEO REPORT: Ex-Hippie's Memorial Day Parade a smash!

    05/30/2003 8:57:43 PM PDT · by daviddennis · 10 replies · 270+ views (my web site) ^ | 05/31/2003 | David H Dennis
    They said it couldn't be done ... and Rev. Friend proved them wrong! Click on the link for pictures and video of last Monday's outstanding Memorial Day Parade!
  • Confederate Memorial Day Observance

    05/20/2003 9:16:26 AM PDT · by Aurelius · 104 replies · 600+ views
    The Dixie Daily News ^ | Bay 18, 2003 | Ckyde Wilson
    We are here today both to remember and to honor our Confederate forefathers. We remember and honor them, first of all, because they are OURS. They made us what we are. To honor one's forebears is a deep and universal human inclination. General Lee, in his farewell address to his men, told them that their four-year struggle for freedom had been marked by "unsurpassed courage and fortitude" and that their "valor and devotion" had endeared them to their countrymen. Our Confederate forefathers' "valor and devotion" did more than make for themselves a place in the hearts of future generations of...
  • Memorial Day History

    05/19/2003 3:44:03 PM PDT · by restornu · 5 replies · 940+ views
    David Merchant ^ | Updated 13 May 2003
    click Click 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...
  • Schools scrap Memorial Day tribute

    04/29/2003 1:06:52 PM PDT · by tripod · 48 replies · 435+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/29/03 | By Patrick Badgley
    <p>Alexandria public schools administrators have scrapped the Memorial Day holiday this year to make up for class days missed in the winter. The decision upset many teachers, several of whom are veterans or spouses of veterans, especially with service members fighting in Iraq. "It's about people who give their lives for our country. This is about people in wheelchairs," said Hilari Hinnant, a first-grade teacher at John Adams Elementary School whose husband served in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. "It's a serious holiday, especially given what our country has been through." Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who died in military service. Its roots are disputed, but it was first officially observed May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at the Arlington National Cemetery. Jacqualyne Evans Mcrae, a teacher at John Adams school, was part of an Air Force unit stationed in Aviano, Italy, during the 1991 Persian Gulf war, and the traditional holiday holds special meaning for her. But this Memorial Day, May 26, she will be working, while her counterparts in other area school districts will take time off to honor America's war dead. Ms. Evans Mcrae conceded that the day honoring troops may not be much more than a time to hit the pools and parks for some children, but added that the operations in Iraq make it more likely that parents would take the time this year to remind their children about the U.S.-led war efforts and the people involved in the same. "There is the chance for a more open reflection and acknowledgment, and a lot of parents want their children to experience and know about it," she said. "I think more parents would go down to the memorials and monuments." The decision to use Memorial Day as make-up day was made by administrators before the campaign in Iraq started, said Barbara Hunter, executive director of information and outreach. She said a few parents have complained, but added that while the school district respects their arguments, "I don't think there's any chance it will change." She said the schools could have a barbecue or similar event in celebration of troop efforts and many plan to talk to students about the significance of Memorial Day. "I suspect that many [students] miss the point of Memorial Day and don't realize how important what U.S. soldiers are doing is," Ms. Hunter said. "We're looking at this as really a way to teach them." Some teachers said they would rather tack on a school day at the end of the year than come to school on Memorial Day to meet the number of student-teacher contact days required. But Ms. Hunter said that wasn't done because students in grades seven through 12 are using those days to prepare for the Standards of Learning tests being held at the end of the school year. Kimberly Brooks, a speech pathologist at John Adams school, said she disagrees with the decision to have school that day but will try to educate students on the holiday by having them write letters, watch videos or discuss current events. "Even though I'm not a veteran, it's kind of deplorable because of where we live," Ms. Brooks said, referring to the school's proximity to the nation's capital and the Pentagon.</p>
  • Confederate Memorial Day will honor soldiers who sided against the Union

    04/18/2003 6:53:53 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 242 replies · 4,114+ views ^ | 18 April 2003 | PETER GUINTA
    latest update: Friday, April 18, 2003 at 08:36 AM EDT click photo to enlarge   A Confederate flag adorns a memorial marker placed in remembrance of Isaac Papino, an African American soldier who served in the Confederate army.By MATT MAY, Staff Confederate Memorial Day will honor soldiers who sided against the Union By PETER GUINTA Senior Writer   Most Civil War histories usually ignore the more than 70,000 African-Americans who served with Confederate armies. People know little about them, but in 1861, noted black abolitionist Frederick Douglass said, "There are many colored men in the Confederate Army as real soldiers,...

    05/27/2002 8:46:24 PM PDT · by Marianne · 6 replies · 1,999+ views
    Arlington National Cemetery Website ^ | 8 December 1915 | Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
    In Flanders FieldBy: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)Canadian ArmyIN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place, and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lieIn Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe:To you from failing hands we throwThe torch; be yours to hold it high.If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies growIn Flanders fields. McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" remains to this...