God bless those who cared enough for our country to make sure that our freedom does not die!!
A prayer and a moment of silence…
by Francis Scott Key. Released in 1814
♫ What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? ♪
♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, ♫
♫ O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? ♪
♪ And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, ♫
♫ Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. ♪
♪ Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave! ♫
Happy Memorial Day ! ! !
Take the time today to honor those who lost their lives to keep our flag flying high! Celebrate every special person–every second, minute and hour. Freedom does not come free! Thank the parted soldiers, and their families, for the idea to preserve the country’s freedom, and the ultimate sacrifice that our soldiers have taken while fighting for that freedom, despite the perils! To all U.S. servicemen and women no longer with us: We are forever grateful for what you did for our country. Thank You! The legacy lives on and on. . .
A Brief History:
Origination: Originally known as “Decoration Day”, it originated in the years following the Civil War. The day became an official federal holiday in the year 1971 under the Nixon Administration. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season..
Evolution: Memorial Day is an American holiday now observed on the last Monday of May. The holiday is special at honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in the whole U.S. history. The war ended in the spring of 1865, and required the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries.
Traditions: Many Americans observe the Memorial Day holiday by visiting cemeteries or memorials, and holding family gatherings, and participating and attending in parades in honor. The holiday is by no means a new one, because dating back to the late 1860s, Americans in various towns, cities and states began holding springtime tributes to countless fallen soldiers. They decorated their graves with flowers and prayers.
Other Memoirs: The Memorial Day’s “National Moment of Remembrance” takes place at 3:00 p.m. your local time.
Half Staff Flag Only Until Noon: On Memorial Day the flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise until noon only, then raised briskly to the top of the staff until sunset, in honor of the nation’s battle heroes.
Start of Summer: The holiday unofficially marks the beginning of the summer season, which goes also unofficially to the Labor Day holiday.
A Few Facts:
I am sharing a few facts, and more, some trivia, some not trivial. . .
- Waterloo was first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866 and was chosen because it hosted an annual event which was a community event, during which most businesses closed and the residents had decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers, flags and prayers.
- On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, the leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, arranged a nationwide day of remembrance later that same month of May. “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 a statement that he proclaimed. The date of “Decoration Day”, was established in the name of no particular battle. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a prolific speech at the Arlington National Cemetery, and nearly 5,000 participants had decorated graves of all the 20,000 Civil War soldiers who are buried there.
- Memorial Day replaced Decoration Day gradually, and even though it was originally honoring those lost while fighting in the Civil War, it evolved into honoring all soldiers–because America went through World Wars I and II, Korea, and then the United States officially began observing the holiday completely by the time the Vietnam War was ongoing. We now celebrate for all wars, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan..
- Memorial Day was originally always observed on May 30, the date that General Logan selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for all federal employees. The change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday..
- More. . .
Number of Military Fatalities: All U.S. Wars From The Years 1775 to 2022:
|Number Military Fatalities: U.S. wars 1775 – 2022|
||Years U.S. Involvement||Number of Casualities|
|#1||American Civil War
|#2||World War II
|#3||World War I||1917-1918||116,516|
|#6||Revolutionary War||1775-1783||* 30,000|
|#7||War of 1812||1812-1815||* 20,000|
|#9||War on Terror||2001-Present||7,075|
|#12||War in Afghanistan||2001–2021||2,432|
|#14||War in the Gulf||1990-1991||258|
* = Estimated Total
Have you reached out to a family of a fallen soldier? A prayer is all that is necessary…
We will NEVER, ever forget those who died in the name of the freedom for which the flag and the Statue of Liberty stands for!
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