The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.”

For special days, I have traditional postings. This is one of them.

Memorial Day is a day for reflection and a day to give thanks. It is a day for honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military, those who gave, as President Lincoln once said, their “last full measure of devotion.” This is my annual tribute. 

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. It originated during the American Civi War when citizens placed flowers on the graves of those who had been killed in battle. 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.” 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 General Logan, Commander in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, giving his official proclamation in 1868 designating May 30 as a memorial day “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.”. 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.

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4 Comments on “The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Between the sports events, the barbecue, and the swimming, we should all take a moment to remember those men and woman who gave their lives to protect our freedom.

    BTW The Stars beat the Golden Knights in game 5 Saturday night and are playing game 6 tonight here in Dallas. Go Stars!

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      My town did not have a parade this year. I missed it. It was a quiet Memorial Day which is maybe what it should be!

      Great job by the Stars!

      My Celts went down, a bitter end to a good year!.

      • Bob Says:

        The outcome was terrible. The Stars just ran out of gas from the start of the game. They lost 6 to 0.:-)

      • katry Says:

        That was quite the lopsided score! We both ended up disappointed.

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