Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day


Before one of the our political parties try to twist today to their advantage, let me say this. Over the last few years or so Memorial day true meaning has been forgotten, we have just assumed that it is the unofficial first day of summer. But, anyone who has lost a family member to a military conflict understands, Memorial Day is much more than a time to break out the barbecue. Originally begun in 1868 as Decoration Day, the last Monday in May. It first was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic,
"...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime....let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan."
5 May 1868 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.

In 1915 during the First World War a Canadian Major John McCrae put pen to paper in remembrance of a friend of his in the battle of Ypres salient in the spring of 1915.
In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1915.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


To all of those still on patrol, in the field or at sea that will never come home I say Thank You. Just something to think about today. Enough Said.


2 comments:

Jake said...

This past weekend I met someone special that has a lot to do with Memorial Day. I'll blog about it later if you want to check it out.

The meaning of memorial day for many has been lost. You are right.

Pilgrim said...

Thanks to your forefathers. to try save our little country. Propz Pilgrim

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