A short history of Memorial Day

Reblogger Charles Stallions
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Happy Memorial Day everyone and I wanted to share Jim Frimmers Memorial Day post from the past with you, Happy Day and God Bless

Today's Prayer
Dear God, I must confess that I often get caught up in the "daily grind." I concentrate on the things that must be done, on earning a living, taking care of family matters, going to church, maintaining and improving my house, and so much more. Sometimes, I don't just stop and reflect on what you want. I'm sorry. God, what do you want to do through me today? What do you want me to accomplish for a purpose greater than myself? Please help me to have pure motives and always a willing heart. I pray that I will do as Your Word exhorts in Matthew 5:16: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." May you be glorified. In Jesus' name, amen.

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Original content by Jim Frimmer CalBRE #01458572

Contact Jim Frimmer for all your San Diego real estate needsFort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CaliforniaMemorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American armed forces.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it was a day to honor those who died in the Civil War by decorating their graves.

The original proclamation was issued on May 5, 1868, by General John Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former military personnel:

USS Midway Museum, San Diego, California“The 30th of May, 1868, is designated 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. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.”

During the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield spoke at Arlington National Cemetery, after which about 5,000 people decorated the graves of 20,000 soldiers from the Union and Confederate armies who were buried in the cemetery. Today, Memorial Day is observed at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony whereby a small American flag is placed on each grave.

USS Midway Museum, San Diego, CaliforniaAlthough the first Decoration Day was held in May 1868, it wouldn't be until 1971 that Memorial Day became an official federal holiday that now falls on the last Monday in May. The 1868 observance was inspired by local observances in several towns throughout America that lay claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day, including Columbus, Mississippi; Macon, Georgia; Richmond, Virginia; Boalsburg, Pennsylvania; and Carbondale, Illinois.

However, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson declared Waterloo, New York, to be the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo, which first observed the day on May 5, 1866, was chosen because it had made Memorial Day an annual, community-wide event; businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

Old GloryIt wasn't until after World War I that observances began to honor those who had died in all of America's wars and not just the Civil War.

The difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, November 11 each year, is that Memorial Day honors the dead and Veterans Day recognizes the living while also honoring the dead. Several Southern states have a special day for honoring the Confederate dead of the Civil War. Seems that even in honoring our nation's military dead, we can't agree on how or when to honor and recognize them.

Here in San Diego, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the summer, the start of tourist season, and the weekend when a preponderance of Arizona license plates start showing up on our cool beaches in order to escape the Arizona heat.

My father is buried in the Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

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