Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

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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.

Source: http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html

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8 comments:

  1. I've learned so much about the history of Memorial Day this week!
    And I got to the point I couldn't access my dashboard even. Switched to Firefox and that seemed to solve the issues.
    Happy Memorial Day, Beverly!

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  2. Me, too, L. Diane. This is the first time I've actually researched the holiday. Interesting history.

    For a couple of weeks I haven't been able to see my followers or to make comments. Maybe I'll try Firefox.

    Thanks.

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  3. Happy Memorial Day, Bev. Thanks for the heartfelt post - loved it!

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  4. Thanks for stopping by, Darby. I didn't know when the holiday started so I checked to see what I could learn. I was amazed it went all the way back to the CW.

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  5. Thank you for that explaination.
    xx

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  6. You're welcome, Michelle. I was curious about it's origins.

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