Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military
They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation. -Henry Ward Beecher


Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours. -Wallace Bruce


A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. -Joseph Campbell 
The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree. -Thomas Campbell

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.



Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves.


It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers,
During the first celebration of Decoration Day, General 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 buried in the cemetery.



Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Also, it is customary for the President or the Vice President to attend.

11 comments:

CambridgeLady said...

We shall never forget.

Moving tribute Sandra.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Happy Memorial Day, Sandra. Hope you have a wonderful day. I remember Decoration Day--since my Mom was one who helped decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers... Yes--let's remember those who gave their lives for our freedom...

Great post.
Hugs,
Betsy

Ginny said...

This is an excellent Memorial Day post! All those flags are beautiful, especially in the sunset, or sunrise, whichever. The song on the video is very pretty, I've never heard it before. But oh, my, that video!! The crying little girl is what really got to me, she just broke my heart. I think that same little girl is in another shot a bit later, standing to the side. Hope you're having a great holiday, playing with your new baby!

Ginny said...

P.S. I love that story about your mom. She sounds so spontaneous and fun, wish I'd known her.

Snapper II said...

Sandra,
Your Imagination is endless, simply amazing. Thanks for the trip.

KleinsteMotte said...

The spirit of the tribute given by you reflects the spirit of intent for this special commemorative day.Thank you for caring and sharing.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Hi Sandra..well your post and quotes are a wonderful tribute! So much to think about its almost oppressive- terrific focus here in commemorating the fallen. Thank you!

Stacey Dawn said...

Beautiful - cracks my heart to think of those lost - and all those who've paid such a high price.

SquirrelQueen said...

The combination of the photos and quotes make a wonderful tribute for our fallen heroes.

Tipper said...

Just a wonderful beautiful post!

MedaM said...

This is an excellent Memorial Day post!