United States of America Memorial Day

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.

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11 thoughts on “United States of America Memorial Day”

  1. As we take a day in this year, 2010, to reflect on the sacrifice many made to this nation with their life for the cause of freedom and in response to the nations call, we say thank you to them and to their family who long remember the price that was paid. We also say thank you to our living veterans who serve and served this nation.

    Jim Artis, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Retired

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  2. Once again I think back the freedoms I/we all have. I Thank you, My friends and all the Military personal who have served and are servicing this day…

    Thank You, L.T.C. J. Artis

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    1. Hello Revuaf,

      Thank you as well. I’m certain you remember this day last year as we honor those who serve or have served and of course those who fell while they served. Likewise we appreciate your service as a fireman. The best my friend. Thanks for commenting here.

      Jim

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  3. Thank you for this Memorial Day post. It is an excellent way to start my day in remembrance of those who have served and are serving. It is sad that we, as humans, still need to resolve our differences through war but it is uplifting that so many still answer the call to serve when the need is required.

    As others have said, thank you, Jim, for your service to our country.

    Zeke

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    1. You are welcome and to America, thanks for the opportunity to have served. I agree it is regrettable that war is mankind’s resolution to conflict–yet, we honor those who died in that cause. Thank you Zeke. –jim

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  4. Very nice Jim. What a special way to honor those who have fought and are fighting. And for those who will fight in the future for us to keep our freedoms and liberties. It is sad that war is the reality of conflict resolution. It breaks my heart. So I thank you all that have been there in the face of violence and times of peace for the protection of our nations freedom. ……………………..Michele

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    1. How kind, and thank you Michele. Most of those who fight do not want war; but, it is a grim reality. I feel so bad for the lives lost on all side of war. It seem so senseless. But, we still must honor our war dead. Their families do so forever. For some of us, it may only be for a day–Memorial Day.

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