Monday, May 26, 2008

On Memorial Day...

" ...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless
mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime... let us in
this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom
they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's
gratitude,-- the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan."
- General John Logan, General Order No. 11, 5 May 1868

I was wondering what to post today when I came upon this wonderful site.  It lists six points on how to observe Memorial Day.  I think it's excellent.  The six points are below...

1. By visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.

2. By visiting memorials.

3. By flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.

4. By flying the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998
Defense Authorization Act).

5. By participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance
": at 3 p.m.
to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps
to be played.

6. By renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.

Also, if you are able, please consider signing the petition below by clicking on its link.  Thanks!:

Help Restore the Traditional Day of Observance of Memorial Day

I hope everyone is having a safe, happy, and reflective Memorial Day!  Hugs, Val =)



  1. great tribute, Val; I signed the petition; I had actually forgotten up until now that Memorial Day used to be celebrated not as the last Monday of May to be part of a 3-day weekend; I remember now too other holidays became displaced too for that same reason; it does take away some of the significance behind it when it is lumped together as a 3-day weekend instead of its original intent


  2. I used the same site to pull together my entry!  Small world, eh?  Or we used the same search engine.  ;o)  I'm going to pick some of my kate jesmines and go to the cemetary and the memorial in town.  My Daddy and grandfather did not die in the war, but I want to honor them.  -  Barbara

  3. Happy Memorial Day. -Missy

  4. I signed the petition the other day.  That is the only way we'll ever get people to stop and think about the significance of Memorial Day.  Otherwise, like I mentioned in my journal, it's just a 3 day weekend for camping, partying and shopping...whith no thought to what we should be remembering. Great entry.  Linda in WA  

  5. Happy Memorial Day!
    Linda :)

  6. This is beautiful....

  7. thanks Val for reminding us of the importance of Memorial Day.


  8. The American Flag waves on my home all year long, as my husband a viet-nam vet himself would have it no other way and the POW/MIA flag goes up at the appropriate time as well.

  9. Hope you have a good week.

  10. The words by Gen. John A. Logan are eloquent beyond words we find written today.    The Junior College here is named for him as he was from S. Illinois.    I watched a memorial to Mounds, IL, which is a combination of Veterans that interns the Civil War dead including Union, Graves especially marked for the Colored Troops, and Southern Prisoners that died in prison, all scattered about the cemetary and in no way segregated.    Refuges from the war (Black former slaves) were brought by barge north after the Union attacked and overtook Rebel strongholds in the what was called 'buffer' State of Kentucky.   One woman (ex-slave) married the caretaker of Mounds Cemetary as she was one of the rufuge's.    Her family honor's her grave which is one of the historical grave site's.     I also watched 'Truman' on PBS and how he was the first President to attempt a 'Civil Right's' legislation in Congress.    The Korean War took precidence and it was not until the Johnson administration that Civil Right's legislation was inacted.    To think though at the time of Truman that an 'Anti-Lynching' bill had to be brought up to address the horrific mob action being a part of society still in the United States.    mark

  11. On number five of the National Moment of Rememberance, I will point out what one Veteran refer's to as 'Taps being sounded'.   He never used 'played' in reference to the music.   I just thought you might like to know a specific on that detail Val.    I will email about how things have been going for me post back surgery Val.    hugs Mark


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