For me anyway. My nerves are seldom rubbed raw. Today they were. Today is Memorial Day in America. I’ve posted already. You may also know that I am a retired U.S. Army Officer. I love my country and placed myself in position to die for it. When one attacks honoring service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice [died for this country], you just got me bothered. Such was the case in a BROL thread today.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860’s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all. [full article]
Today, we honor those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice in our nation’s service.
HOUSTON [from the Huffington Post] — The nation’s turbulent space program will be run by one of its own, a calming well-liked former space shuttle commander. President Barack Obama on Saturday chose retired astronaut Gen. Charles Bolden to lead NASA. He also named former NASA associate administrator Lori Garver as the agency’s No. 2. If confirmed, Bolden, who has flown in space four times and was an assistant deputy administrator at one point, would be the agency’s first black administrator. Continue reading
From the Internet, I found and used the simplified Chinese Characters you see to the right for the word Silk [to add another dimension to the graphics for my Catrike 700, which I call "Silk"]. My good friend [and BROL Member thenhbushman] MJ Klien says:
From my study of this, and the information presented above [taken from Wikipedia], as well as MJ’s comments, the use of one character set versus the other is a matter of "political" history. There are additional comments with this post of exchanges between MJ and me which verify that I selected the correct traditional Chinese Characters for the word silk.
For $4.00 and a download, I now have 3 styles [Standard, Li Book, and Stone Engraving] of the traditional Chinese Characters for Silk [above, left].
It is interesting what I learn just from the effort to place graphics on my trike. Thanks MJ.
Some may wonder how this trike acquired the name "Silk." I’ve posted this before. Let me find it…
Why Silk? Having lived in Germany and buying a black Catrike [referred to as cat], I’m using the letters [S & K] from the German words for Black Cat [Schwartz Katz]. I inserted the il to make the word Silk. Of course silk is smooth and I think fitting for the trike I am creating.
So, I guess I have an International 3-wheel recumbent HPV of sorts [made in America, a name with German roots, with Chinese Characters to represent the roots of the word Silk, and ridden by an African-American.
This post is a bit long. I hope you find it interesting as well…
Now, it will be up to Eric of ABCWings Graphics to do my graphics right.