Memorial Day ~ Originally Decoration Day

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. There are many that claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day but one thing is clear – Memorial Day originated from the Civil War with a desire to honor our dead.

In 1873 the first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York. In 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. It is now observed I almost every state on the last Monday with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971.

Moina Michael was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” in 1915 and wrote her own:

We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.

Moina came up with a wonderful idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation during the wear. She wore one and sold them to friends and co-workers donating the money to benefit servicemen.

In 1922 before Memorial Day the VFW became the first veteran’s organization to sell poppies nationally. The US post Office in 1948 honored Moina in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

On Monday May 29, 2017 please take a moment at 3 pm to observe the National Moment of Remembrance. It’s important to take a moment of silence or listen to “Taps” in observing and respected our fallen National heroes.

If you are a homeowner thinking of selling, a prospective buyer or just curious about real estate in NW Austin; I welcome the opportunity to discuss our market. Feel free to contact me at 512-346-1799 or dillard@reloaustin.com. I offer you hands-on Professional guidance serving residential home buyers and sellers.

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Hello, Dorie! Thanks for sharing! Happy Memorial Day! 

May 29, 2017 05:28 AM #2
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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, Dorie -- thank you for the thoughtful Memorial Day post -- if I previously knew of the significance of poppies for this day, I had forgotten it.  

May 29, 2017 05:28 AM #3
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Rose Mary Justice
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Happy Day to you as well.  I have done my duty to honor my family on this day. A couple days early.  Family gathered at the cemetaries to decorate all our family members that have gone before us..  The ones that are left are getting fewer. The younger generation seems to have no interest.  I will carry on the tradition as long as I am able.

May 29, 2017 05:30 AM #4
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William Feela
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Very interesting...I never knew that the name was changed

May 29, 2017 05:52 AM #5
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Amanda S. Davidson
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Dorie, today is truly a day of remembrance and honor. It was just recently I learned the significance of the poppies. Beautiful post.

May 29, 2017 06:02 AM #6
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Now that you mention it, I do remember it's former name. I appreciate the message in your post. Today is a day we should all take time to stop and honor those who have kept us safe!

May 29, 2017 06:09 AM #7
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Brian England
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All of my friends that enjoy poppies will certainly enjoy this day for many reasons!

May 29, 2017 06:26 AM #8
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Beth Atalay
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Good morning Dorie, today is a day for all of us to take some time and remember those who gave it all. Have a great one!

May 29, 2017 06:30 AM #9
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Scott Godzyk
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Thank you for the history, you taught me a couple of new things today Dorie Dillard 

May 29, 2017 07:12 AM #10
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Dorie. Thank you for the history lesson and the reality that today is more than washers and dryers and barbecues.

May 29, 2017 07:33 AM #11
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Thanks so much for sharing this history and a reminder for all of us.

Have a very special Memorial Day and an outstanding week!

May 29, 2017 07:45 AM #12
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Grant Schneider
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Good Morning Dorie - a very touching video.  This history is important to know.  I hope they are still teaching it.

May 29, 2017 08:17 AM #13
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Joe Pryor
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That is a good history lesson especially starting with the shameful but necessary Civil War. So many Americans died during that conflict.

May 29, 2017 08:30 AM #14
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Will Hamm
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Hello Dorie and thanks for the lesson, I think people forget the real meaning of this day some times.

 

May 29, 2017 08:33 AM #15
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Dorie hopefully today everyone took the time to reflect about the reason why we celebrate Memorial Day.

May 29, 2017 01:00 PM #16
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John Pusa
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Dorie Dillard Thank you. Wishing you a Happy Memorial Day as well.

May 29, 2017 03:16 PM #17
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Lise Howe
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what a wonderful post - it is important for all of us to pause and remember the day and the solemnity of it!

May 30, 2017 06:37 AM #18
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Dorie- I'm so glad that you shared with us some information on Memorial Day and how it began. Over the years it has become more about hot dogs and time off. 

May 30, 2017 05:57 PM #19
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A custom in rural Mississippi and Alabama, Decoration Day is still observed.

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Hello Dorie

Wonderful post, photo and video and featured to the group:

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