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Monday, May 26, 2014

Happy Memorial Day

By Gary;

Memorial Day is rather a typical holiday for modern self-absorbed Americans.

I suspect that 50% of Americans have no clue what the day is about and really don't want to be informed, another 30% just want to get plastered at the neighborhood BBQ or go to the beach, and maybe 20% give some thought to a family member who died in the service of our country.

These days most holidays are all about continuing the endless party.  And for the love of God don't make me think about adult subjects. 

Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.

On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, the veterans' organization for Union Civil War veterans, General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for "Decoration Day" to be observed annually and nationwide.

It was observed for the first time that year on Saturday May 30; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle.According to the White House, the May 30 date was chosen as the optimal date for flowers to be in bloom.

Memorial events were held in 183 cemeteries in 27 states in 1868, and 336 in 1869. The northern states quickly adopted the holiday. Michigan made "Decoration Day" an official state holiday in 1871 and by 1890, every northern state had followed suit.

It appears General Logan had adopted and adapted for the North the annual Confederate Memorial Day custom that had been in practice in the South since 1866.

My local city here in California put up a few flags on main street and called it a day.  Nothing meaningful has ever been planned.  That might involve effort and thought.

So I have said my prayers to my long gone family members who served this nation starting at Gettysburg.

To all the rest of you out there  -  Thank You for your service.

Ballad of the Green Mountain Boys
We owe no allegiance, we bow to no throne,
Our ruler is law and the law is our own;
Our leaders themselves are our own fellow-men,
Who can handle the sword and the scythe and the pen
Hurrah for Vermont! For the land that we till
Must have sons to defend her from valley and hill
Our vow is recorded--our banner unfurled,
In the name of Vermont we defy all the world!
Then cheer, cheer, the green mountaineer, then cheer, cheer the green mountaineer

American Revolutionary War Ballad
Francis Marion-The Swamp Fox

Taken in 1862 during the American Civil War, Lieutenant George Custer sits with his charges from the 2nd U.S. Cavalry in this colorized photograph.

We'll Fight for Uncle Sam
Och, sure, we never will give in, in any sort of manner,
Until the South comes back agin, beneath the Starry-Banner;
And if John Bull should interfere, he'd suffer for it truly;
For, soon the Irish Volunteers would give him Ballyhooly.

American Marching Song "The Girl I left behind Me"  

"Rough Riders" Garryowen

Lafayette, we are here!”

Over There: Remembering WWI
Music by George M. Cohan, Sung by Billy Murray



“When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not Guilty'.”
Theodore Roosevelt

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