Monday, May 31, 2010

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 or open the pool. 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.

To all of those still on patrol, in the field or at sea that will never come home I say "All gave some...Some gave all...To all those who have served, are serving and who will serve..Thank you for your courage, commitment and sacrifice."

Just something to think about today. Enough Said.

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3 comments:

Jason Shaw said...

Thanks for posting this, it's a timely reminder to remember those that have suffered the ultimate price for the freedoms we hold so dear.

rob02190 said...

Thanks for the great comment Jason

Anonymous said...

This was a poignant way to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. All of us should take at least a few moments once a year to remember those whose sacrifice make created and preserved our freedoms.

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