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NEWS: Memorial Day: Remember the Origins

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posted on May, 30 2005 @ 11:33 AM
The origins of Memorial Day are not crystal clear, but it is traditionally accepted that this day of remembrance began after the Civil War when the widows in both the north and the south decorated the graves of the dead. These spontaneous acts led to a movement to formalize a national day of remembrance. In 1867, an organization of Union veterans issued an order to decorate the graves of the dead on May 30th. A year later Congress recognized this date as "Decoration Day."
Headquarters Grand Army of the Republic

General Orders No.11, Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

JOHN A. LOGAN, commander-in-chief

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On this Memorial Day, let us think not only of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom, but also, those who even today are serving around the world. Our troops in Iraq are fighting insurgents as we travel, recreate and celebrate. It only takes a moment to stop and remember, give thanks and remind someone else of what Memorial Day really means.

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[edit on 05/5/30 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on May, 30 2005 @ 02:27 PM
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

God Bless them all, no matter where they are today.

posted on May, 30 2005 @ 03:11 PM
thanks for posting this info. It is good to know where the holliday came from.
I doubt more then a few words equelly as true have ever been spoken.

posted on May, 30 2005 @ 03:20 PM
America wouldnt be what its always been, the home of the free, were it not for those willing to fight for our freedoms.

Thank you all and you will never be forgotten.

posted on May, 31 2005 @ 12:31 PM
For the vets who made it back, and passed due to age, or the ones who fell in the field, for those who are at the sharp end now. And, for the ones who will choose to be in the future.

Thank you.

posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 09:08 AM
My father frequently stated when asked to comment about heroes, whether of the silver screen or the sporting world, that his heroes are those contemporaries of his the 18 & 19 yr olds of the early 1940's who still lie beneath the sands of the Pacific Islands that my then teenage Dad assaulted with the US Marines.
He left a lot of friends there.

posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 09:11 AM
I think an Op/Ed would of been more appropriate for this post. The origins of Memorial Day are not really news are they?

posted on Jun, 1 2005 @ 09:23 AM

Originally posted by subz
I think an Op/Ed would of been more appropriate for this post. The origins of Memorial Day are not really news are they?

It was new news for myself and Im sure many others aswell.....
Good thread

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