Showing posts with label Happy Memorial Day-2014. Show all posts
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day-2014

Happy Memorial Day-2014
How It became Memorial day. I thought I would give you,
all a brief post on the history of the being of Memorial day.
It was in the Year 1866 when the United States was
recovering from the long and blooding Civil War between
the North and South. The surviving soldiers of the Civil War were
coming home - the few that did were missing many of limbs and all with the
horror of stories to tell. Henry Welles, a drugstore owner in Waterloo,
New York, had heard the stories and had a Great Idea. He suggested that all the
shops in the town close for one day to honor the soldiers who were killed in the
Civil War and were buried in the Waterloo Cemetery.  So it did happen and on the
morning of May 5, the townspeople placed flowers, wreaths and crosses on
the graves of  the Northern soldiers in the cemetery in May 5. Well it was said at about the same time,
Retired Major General Jonathan A. Logan had planned another kinda ceremony, but this time for the
soldiers who has all survived the war. Major General Jonathan had led the veterans though town
We must Remember all!
to the cemetery to decorate their comrades/friends graves with the American flags. It was not a happy
celebration, but a memorial to these men. The townspeople had called it Decoration Day!
But the Major General Logan decided to proclaim the day "Memorial Day". He declared:
"The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose to strewing with flowers, or otherwise 
decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country and during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard 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."
Well from that speak the two ceremonies were joined in the year 1868, and the Northern states
commemorated the day on May 30, 1868. And the Southern States also commemorated their war
And Our Faithful Dogs that
have Served too!
dead, but on a different day. Children would read poems and sang civil war songs and veterans would come to the schools wearing their medals and uniforms to tell the students about the Civil War. Then the veterans would year of 1882 the name was change to Memorial Day  and the soldiers who had died in any previous wars were honored as well. In the northern United States, it was designated a pubic holiday. Then in the Year 1971 along, with other holidays the President at the time - Richard Nixon had declared Memorial Day a Federal Holiday on the last Monday in May.
march through their home towns followed by the townspeople to the cemetery. Once they were all at the cemetery everyone would decorate the grave sites and would take photographs of the soldiers next to American flags in the Cemetery.Later rifles would be shot into the air as a salute to the northern soldiers who had given their lives to keep the United States together. Of course at the time the Southern States were not involved with
And Our Faithful Dogs that our
Hero's that have fallen!
these type of celebrations. They had their own Private ceremonies of their soldiers who lost their lives to the civil war. Anyway in the
Cities all around the United States hold their own type of ceremonies on the last Monday of May to
pay respect to the men, women and now many dog service who have died in the wars or in the service of
their country. Memorial Day isn't limited to honor only those Americans from the armed forces. It is also a day for personal remembrance. What I mean by this-It is for the families and also individuals honoring the memories of their loved ones who have died or not. Also for many who go to Church services-visit the cemetery to leave flowers on a love ones grave site - Its a day to write a love one as I have done to my
father who is a veteran, who is my father my hero . Every Veteran's day and Memorial day I send my father a card to Honor him for his serve in the cold war .. I am blessed he is still with my family and very healthy too. It is also a day of Reflection!

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