Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day

My Photography

Hello my lovelies,
Memorial day is again upon us and it has come to my attention that the meaning of the day is being forgotten.
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. Read more here if you are interested.

Please take a moment sometime this weekend to remember those who gave all.


Heath McRae went to Springtown with us. Great guy.

A book that was sent to my Great Great Grandmother when my Great Uncle was killed in the war.

A page from the book.

The letter that accompanied the book. It's dated March 1954.  

No comments:

Post a Comment