Monday, May 25, 2015

In Honor

Memorial Day, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans — established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
Thank you to all who have sacrificed their life for my country and my freedom.

11 comments:

  1. Your very moving photograph of so many headstones brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for honoring our fallen soldiers.

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  2. I am amazed for many people only see this as a 3 day weekend. To all the families that have had a fallen hero, it is in fact a day to honor those who have gone before us. Your photo has captured that!
    Tahoma National Cemetery was a very moving experience. Laurie

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  3. This holiday is so much more than an opportunity to BBQ, swim in the pool, etc. Thanks for the reminder.

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  4. How lovely - our memorial day (Remembrance Day) is in November although this last weekend in May is also a public holiday here (UK). Remembrance Day was falling from favour for many years but honouring those who have died for their country has become more important again recently.

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  5. It's very sobering to think about. Thanks for posting this.

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  6. Nice remembrance, Lori.
    We spent the day visiting family graves in three cemeteries. We don't have family members who have died in the service, but many who have served.
    My son just moved to NYC last week and he got to visit Ground Zero today. He was very touched by that experience.

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  7. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful remembrance.

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  8. Beautiful reminder of what the holiday is really about.

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  9. Thank you for your explanation. This was our first experience with Memorial day, while travelling through the United States.

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  10. For my liberty too! I am french!

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