Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015

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Memorial Day 2015

This is the day set aside to honor our Republic of Suffering: The survivors of the men and women who have given their lives for America.

This holiday began as a day of remembrance by the suffering survivors of the dead during the American Civil War, a conflict that claimed between 620,000 and 850,000 lives. Four hundred thousand men simply disappeared and were never seen by their loved ones again.

The holiday, which throughout most of our history has been called Decoration Day, seems to have begun spontaneously in both the North and the South in 1864, the spring after Gettysburg – as a day to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. There was an observance in Columbus, Mississippi on April 25, 1866 when a group of suffering women gathered to decorate the graves of the local men who had died at Shiloh. The Confederate dead were buried near an untended patch that held the remains of the despised Yankee dead and the compassionate women of Columbus decorated the Yankee graves as well.

There were at least 25 Decoration Day observances that Spring. The next year Decoration Day had its own hymn titled “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping.” The year after that the dead were remembered in 183 cemeteries and General John Logan, the head of a Union Veteran’s group called the Grand Army of the Republic, asked his veterans to decorate the final resting places of both the Union and the Confederate dead at Arlington National Cemetery. Logan wrote that the graves should be decorated “with the choicest flowers of springtime.” He told his Northern veterans: “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance…. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.”

The name Memorial Day appeared in 1882 and the bitterness between the North and the South continued for almost a century after that.  There are still separate days to honor the Confederate War dead in Texas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee

Memorial Day became a national holiday and the culmination of a three day weekend in 1971. Now the holiday is mostly associated with the start of summer.

But this day has always also had a more somber meaning and these few words are only to briefly remind you of that.


18 Responses to “Memorial Day 2015”

  1. chromedome Says:

    if anyone gets a chance you should stop by the fort defience civil war memorial in clarksville tn. very interesting place full of history for those who seek to understand what it means to give your life to a cause. theres a cannon that sits in the grass overlooking the mighty cumberland i took my ol lady down there one night and we fucked like mad rabbits. i swear some souls of that ol rebel gray were cheerin us on. chreeped her out she wont go back lol. but every now and again ill go and sit down by the sevier station jail that once housed the likes of jesse james or so im tolded, and ill burn one hopin those wanderin souls come back to pay a visit.


  2. Michael Vos Says:

    Sad that so few understand the history. The Civil War dead were also in a nation of 30 million at the time. Imagine 6 million war dead today. The dissapearence you mention also led to big changes in how fallen soldiers are handled today.

  3. Wrangler Says:

    Remembering all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, especially a friend’s son, a Navy SEAL who died in combat in August of 2011. Thank you is never enough.

  4. Jim666 Says:

    Thank you to all that served and remember all those lost,

  5. DR Says:

    As a soldier in the Army being deployed multiple times and having many friends and brothers that have made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan and Iraq, and many that have passed in everyday life I will see you all again soon and first round is on me……

    Until Valhalla…..


  6. Grimey Says:

    Deep respect for all of those that fought and died.
    Though I do not know your name, I will not forget what you did.

  7. Jane Says:

    Cool VikingTrotter!

    Good words Ol’LadyRider!

    RIP 1930 Indian riding dad and WW2 enlisted medic, died on Memorial Day 5 yrs ago: “it’s your duty as an American to vote, that’s what we fought for,” and mom WW2 WAC

    All the times I didn’t vote, I’d lie to him or try to change the subject but he knew. Voting was a sacred right to WW1 and WW2 generation, a right that my jerky gen takes for granted or views cynically.

  8. Ol'LadyRider Says:

    Every day is Memorial Day. Each day I am reminded of my gratitude and admiration for those whose blank check written to this Nation was cashed. Each night I pray those with checks outstanding will stay that way.

    My enduring respect for Gold Star families, and for those who live with the memories of the ones who did not come home.

  9. VikingTrotter Says:

    They did in North Dakota…
    My aunt is retelling my grandmothers diary since 1939 day for matching day on FB. Retelling everything that went on in the farm, in the news and all of the boys that left and never came back….for the Last year. It’s a great way for all generations of my family to connect.

  10. Slam Says:

    “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”
    -General George S. Patton

  11. Meh Says:

    Support the troops, but not the politicians who have squandered many tens of thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen on highly questionable missions.

    It is not the place of those who serve to pick and choose, but the civic duty of civilians (veterans or not) to ensure their devotion isn’t wasted.

    BTW the uncles on Iwo story deserved public, detailed remembrance just like the Sullivan brothers.

  12. Brock Townsend Says:

    Logan’s wife came up with the idea for Memorial Day after seeing Southern women decorate the graves of fallen Confederates.

  13. Drifter Says:

    There is no happy in Memorial Day…

    Thank you to all who have given their Life in the name of Freedom and Liberty…

    @Vikingtrotter: I further my Respect in Honoring Your Family which paid an extremely high price for the USA…

    Respect to All Those that Deserve it…

  14. Calvin, John Says:

    Please add South Carolina to that list. As part of the legislation to recognize MLK Day, the rest of us got Confederate Memorial Day May 10th. There seems to be little if any objection to it by minority State Employees although the Confederate Battle flag on the State House grounds flips the NAACP out.


  15. Johnny Rotten Says:

    @ Paladin


    thanks fer postin that.

    and in reality every fuckin day should be memorial day.



  16. Paladin Says:


    The Soldier stood and faced God,
    Which must always come to pass.
    He hoped his shoes were shining,
    Just as brightly as his brass.

    ‘Step forward now, Soldier,
    How shall I deal with you?
    Have you always turned the other cheek?
    To My Church have you been true?’

    The soldier squared his shoulders and said,
    ‘no, Lord, I guess I ain’t.
    Because those of us who carry guns,
    Can’t always be a saint.

    I’ve had to work most Sundays,
    And at times my talk was tough.
    And sometimes I’ve been violent,
    Because the world is awfully rough.

    But, I never took a penny,
    That wasn’t mine to keep.
    Though I worked a lot of overtime,
    When the bills just got too steep.

    And I never passed a cry for help,
    Though at times I shook with fear.
    And sometimes, God, forgive me,
    I’ve wept unmanly tears.

    I know I don’t deserve a place,
    Among the people here.
    They never wanted me around,
    Except to calm their fears.

    If you’ve a place for me here, Lord,
    It needn’t be so grand.
    I never expected or had too much,
    But if you don’t, I’ll understand.

    There was a silence all around the throne,
    Where the saints had often trod.
    As the Soldier waited quietly,
    For the judgment of his God.

    ‘Step forward now, you Soldier,
    You’ve borne your burdens well.

    Walk peacefully on Heaven’s streets,
    You’ve done your time in Hell.’

    ~Author Unknown~

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  17. VikingTrotter Says:

    I would like to thank my father a WW2 vet at age 15 and my 12 uncles from North Dakota that all died within 2 days of each other on Iwo Jima.

  18. OldGringoTx Says:

    Thinking of the many Gold Star moms and dads and their losses.

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