Memorial Day Weekend


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Via:  snuffy  •  4 weeks ago  •  10 comments

By:   Snuffy

Memorial Day Weekend
All gave some, some gave all

“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

– James A. Garfield, May 30, 1868, Arlington National Cemetery

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T

Originally called Decoration Day, from the early tradition of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags, Memorial Day is a day for remembrance of those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former Union sailors and soldiers.

During that first national commemoration, former Union Gen. and sitting Ohio Congressman James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there.

This national event galvanized efforts to honor and remember fallen soldiers that began with local observances at burial grounds in several towns throughout the United States following the end of the Civil War, such as the May 1, 1865 gathering in Charleston, South Carolina organized by freed slaves to pay tribute and give proper burial to Union troops.

In 1873, New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day as a legal holiday. By the late 1800s, many more cities and communities observed Memorial Day, and several states had declared it a legal holiday.

After World War I, it became an occasion for honoring those who died in all of America’s wars and was then more widely established as a national holiday throughout the United States.


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1  seeder  Snuffy    4 weeks ago

Let us take a moment this weekend to remember all those who gave their lives in service to this country.  To those who's honorable service was more than an oath, but a belief that there is something great about this country and something worth dying for.

May they rest in peace and honor.

Right Down the Center
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1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Snuffy @1    4 weeks ago


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1.2  afrayedknot  replied to  Snuffy @1    4 weeks ago

“Let us take a moment this weekend to remember all those who gave their lives in service to this country.”

Hear, Hear!

And let us also take a moment to remember their service and sacrifice in guaranteeing  a voice to the voiceless, and a choice to the choice less…whether we agree or disagree with that voice or choice. 

Greg Jones
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2  Greg Jones    4 weeks ago


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3  Kavika     4 weeks ago

Thrawn 31
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3.1  Thrawn 31  replied to  Kavika @3    4 weeks ago

Rest well my brother. 

Sparty On
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3.2  Sparty On  replied to  Kavika @3    4 weeks ago

A well deserved tribute.    Thanks for sharing it and RIP Corporal.    
We have the watch now.

Drinker of the Wry
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3.3  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Kavika @3    4 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing this very moving service.

Thrawn 31
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4  Thrawn 31    4 weeks ago

Utmost respect to my brothers and sisters who never made it home. We all thank you for your sacrifice. 

Buzz of the Orient
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5  Buzz of the Orient    4 weeks ago

This Is How the Poppy Became a Symbol for Fallen Troops

A wreath of red poppies rests on a memorial in the cemetery of St. John’s Church in Beck Row, England, Nov. 10, 2019. (Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron/U.S. Air Force photo) 26 May 2021
We Are The Mighty   |   By Eric Milzarski

On Nov. 11, Americans celebrate veterans and honor those who served, but the date holds special meaning beyond our borders and around the world. In fact, the 11th of November is a solemn day to many of our nation's allies.

To them, it is Remembrance Day or Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I hostilities at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. The red poppy became synonymous with the fallen troops during the First World War -- and has remained a symbol of their sacrifice ever since. But the poppies adopted this meaning because of the war poem "In Flanders Fields," written by the Canadian physician, Lt. Col. John McCrae.

Advertisement It was at the second battle of Ypres, Belgium, in April to May 1915 where McCrae saw the devastation firsthand. The Germans had just begun using chlorine gas against their enemies. Within the first 10 minutes of the battle, there were already 6,000 French casualties. After only the first 17 days, half of McCrae's brigade had died in battle.

McCrae's close friend, Alexis Helmer, was killed in action on May 2. He performed the burial service himself. As he laid his friend to rest, he saw beauty in the hellscape around him.

Red poppies are a hardy flower. Where the land had been destroyed by mortar fire, chlorine gas and countless other environmental concerns, the poppies grew around the graves; not even the high sodium or increased levels of lime could deter the red blooms.

Advertisemen Nearly every grave was decorated, as if it were a symbol from above.

The next day, in the back of an ambulance overlooking the battlefield, McCrae wrote what arguably became Canada's most well-known literary work.

"The Second Battle of Ypres" by Richard Jack (Painting via Canadian War Museum)

“In Flanders fields the poppies grow

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.

British 1st Battalion Cameronian Highlanders wear gas masks and fix bayonets in anticipation of a German gas attack during the Second Battle of Ypres, May 20, 1915. (Photo via Forces War Record)

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.

Poppies growing on the graves of British and Australian soldiers in a cemetery near Daours, France, in June 1918. (Photo via Australian War Memorial)

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.”

– "In Flanders Field" by John McCrae

McCrae was promoted to the consulting physician of the First British Army just four days before dying of pneumonia on Jan. 28, 1918. He would never know the end of the war or see the true impact of his poem. Canadians, Brits, Aussies and New Zealanders wear a red poppy to remember the fallen of all wars. Americans borrow from this tradition for Memorial Day.

Memorial Day in America falls on the last Monday of May -- and it’s no coincidence that it occurs during the time of year when flowers, including the red poppy, are most in bloom.



In the event that you wear a poppy on Memorial Day, as the article said:

"Canadians, Brits, Aussies and New Zealanders wear a red poppy to remember the fallen of all wars. Americans borrow from this tradition for Memorial Day. "

I posted this to explain where the tradition came from.  The poem applies to all who had fallen in the pursuit of freedom.


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