Sunday, May 27, 2007
Memorial Day 2007
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Union and West End Cemetery
The exact beginning of the tradition of a day to remember fallen soldiers is lost to history. It is known that on April 25, 1866 a group of ladies in Columbus, Mississippi visited a cemetery to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in battle at the Battle of Shiloh. The ladies, disturbed by the sight of the bare graves of fallen Union soldiers, also placed followers on their graves as well, even though they were considered the enemy.
But the origin of Memorial Day is not important. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, National Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia.
Following World War I the holiday was changed to recognize all war dead, not just those that died while fighting in the Civil War. The Memorial Day Holiday now celebrates and honors all those that died while fighting in any of the wars in which they have been asked to serve.
It should be kept in mind that this holiday does not recognize any and all veterans as many think, but it specifically honors those that have fallen in the service of our country. Veterans Day, (November 11th) which is a totally separate holiday, is celebrated to honor the memory of all veterans.
Unfortunately, today few remember the true purpose of this solemn and sacred occasion. It is not about picnics and backyard cookouts, it is a day to remember, honor and show respect to those fallen heroes that gave their lives so that this nation could remain free.
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