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May302010

Honoring The Dead Of The Unknown

Honoring The Dead Of Unknown

As Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. said in his Memorial Day address in 1884 at Keene, Memorial Day 'celebrates and solemnly reaffirms from year to year a national act of enthusiasm and faith.' With changing times, Memorial Day is more celebrated as a holiday than the glum occasion it was meant for. We must remember that the day means to honor of America's defense personnel who lost their lives in various wars. Though, people used to honor the graves of the war dead even before the Civil War, the National Memorial Day holiday, originally known as 'Decoration Day' was first observed on May 30, 1868.

The concept originated in the mind of General John Alexander Logan, who dedicated this day to decorate the graves of the American Civil War dead. Later, it encompassed all those who sacrificed their lives for their nation, from the Revolutionary War to the present. May 30th every year was celebrated as the Memorial Day until 1971. Later, the federal government issued the orders of holding the Memorial Day on the last Monday of May. Alabama celebrates Confederate Memorial Day on the fourth Monday in April while the states of Mississippi and Georgia celebrate it on the last Monday of April.

Seeing the Memorial Day losing its importance in the minds of younger generations, the concept of the National Moment of Remembrance was hatched by a national humanitarian organizations known as the 'No Greater Love, based in Washington, D.C. It was introduced in 1997 and is recognized by the President and Members of Congress. Since then, 'Taps' is at 3 p.m. throughout America to honor the contributions of our dead soldiers. All Americans are encouraged to pay respect to them by keeping silent for one minute in their memory at 3:00 p.m.

This is actully Decoration Day

General Order Number 11 of the Grand Army of the Republic was the document that established Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it has been also called, as a nationwide observance.

The original of the following document written in his own hand June 1868 by General Logan is in the Logan Family Papers in the Library of Congress. General Logan was then serving in Congress as a Representative from Illinois. We have preserved spelling and punctuation as in the original.

On the 5th of May 1868 as commander in cheif of the Grand Army of the republic, I issued to our comrades throughout the land the following order:

"Head quarters Grand Army of the Republic. Adjutant Generals office No 444, 14th Street Washington, D.C. May 5th 1868.

General Orders No 11.

I. The 30th day of May 1868 is designate 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, church yard 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.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us for the purpose, among other things ' of preserving and strengthining those kind and fraternal feelings, which have bound together the soldiers, sailors and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.' What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their hearts a barricade between our country, and its foes, their soldier lives were the revilee of freedom, to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilence, all that the consecrated wealth and toils of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such halowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent vistors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of averice, or 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.

If other eyes grow dull, and other hands black, and other hearts cold, in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light, and warmth, of life remain to us. Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of Springtime: let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor. Let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us, a sacred charge upon a nations gratitude the soldiers and sailors widow and orphan.

II- It is the purpose of the commander in cheif to inaugarate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year, to year, while a survivor of the war remains, to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III- Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective"

By order of John A. Logan" . Commander in Cheif"

Official A. P. Chipman Adjutant General"

This order was generally complied with, on the 30th of May 1868, by the G. A. R. and beautiful ceremonies had at the graves of the dead. And on the 22d day of June 1868 I introduced in Congress the following resolution which was unanimously adopted. & Certified as follows.

"Congress of the United States in the House of Representatives June 22d 1868

"On motion of Mr. Logan"

"Resolved, that the proceedings of the different Cities towns &c. recently held in commemoration of the gallant heroes who have sacraficed their lives in defence of the Republic. And the record of the ceremonial of the decoration of the honored tombs of the departed, shall be collected and bound, under the direction of such person as the Speaker shall designated for the use of Congress.

"attest Edward McPherson Clerk"

"House of Representatives Washington June 22d 1868

Frank Moore Esq. Editor of the "Rebellion Record" is hereby appointed under this resolution"

Schuyler Colfax
Speaker of the House of Representatives

In compliance with this resolution the proceedings and records of the ceremonials of the decorations of the honored graves of our dead comrades, were collected and published in a well bound volume.

I often hear how America has lost its way and it many respects, it indeed has.  I find at fault the vast majority of Americans that have contributed to the delinquency of our Nation, the dumbing down of our society and those that have contracted the cancers of Political Correctness, Multiculturalism, Diversity and Identity Politics.  The moniker of disgusting doesn't begin to describe the contempt I feel and direct towards those that would marginalize the day we honor the Fallen.  Hell, Barack Hussein Obama in his alleged Memorial Day speech couldn't even differentiate between Veteran's Day and Memorial Day.  Here is a hint for those that have the same difficulty that Hussein has.

Veteran's Day is for those that lived to tell the tales and Memorial Day is for those that did not live to tell their tales.  I can hardly wait for an official Congress Critter Day.  I wonder if anyone would actually honor that day.

Somewhere along the way, for the sake of expediency of some unknown quirk, Memorial Day was turned into a three-day weekend where it has become just another commercialized abortion of respect for the Fallen.  I don't participate in the three-day weekend Memorial Day because that represents a fraudulent sentiment in my estimation and it bears no fruit of respect as a whole.  But, that's just my opinion.  Why or what the reasoning was to defraud the Fallen by making the alleged holiday a three-day weekend could very well be the mystery to me that it is.

So, from this day forward, as in times passed, I will no longer celebrate the "relocated holidays" and will celebrate the holidays on their actual days, no matter what they may be.  Sorry and my apologies in advance to the malls and other commercial enterprises for the inconvenience of actually honoring the Fallen on the correct day.

I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea nor think I have lost my marbles…

Of all the Holidays, I, at one time, loved this one coming up the most and, yes, even better than Christmas. However, today, in this time of despicable tirades of the Socialists among us, and with the commercialization of such a "holiday", it sickens me beyond belief.  I have come to loathe this time of year.  Not for what it represents but for what it has become to represent.

Remembering Fallen Comrades In Arms is a private thing to me, to be shared with others that know and understand.

Remembering those I carried out, and those that carried me…remembering those that followed me, and those I followed, very few can relate.

I hear the Empty Words from the Senaterrorists in DC, the Lack of Representatives in The House and I am not proud to call them Our Leaders, for they know NOT how to Lead We The People.  And now, we have an upstart usurper who doesn't know the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran's Day.

There is a majority of "them" that are sincere. It is the remaining that I despise, nay, loathe…perhaps hate them for their cowardice "under fire". Playing Lip Service to The Fallen is much worse than paying no homage at all.

I weep for my lads that died. I weep for the lads that lived through thick and thicker. I weep for the parts of me that have died and my soul cries out for vengeance.

Rise Ye Silent Ones and Fight For That Which Is Right or Die The Losers' Death of Vanity.

It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag....

While The One takes the day off and gives the solemn duties to Joe Biden the Drunk, I pay homage to the Fallen.  Obama a no-show at Arlington National Cemetery.

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