MEMORIAL DAY IS A TIME TO REFLECT

MEMORIAL DAY IS A TIME REFLECT The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves is an ancient one. Reports and discussions describing the history of Memorial day in the United States suggests it evolved during and after the Civil War. The practice of devoting a day for decorating soldiers’ graves appears to have begun in the South; and was later copied in the North. On May 5, 1868 General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide. “Memorial Day” was first used as a synonym for “Decoration Day” in 1882. But “Decoration Day” was not officially changed to “Memorial Day” until 1967. That was the year I graduated from high school. In 1967 the United States was in the midst the Vietnam War, which lasted for us Americans from 1965 until 1973. Of course, this was only one of the many wars the United States had fought since 1776. Did you know our country has been at war for over 93% of its existence?   Do you consider it odd (or deplorable) that the United States has never gone a decade without war? Do you consider it odd that the only time the United States has gone five years without war (1935-40) was during the Great Depression? If you doubt the United States’ warring nature, you can check out the statistics by clicking here and here. How many of these wars do you believe were fought to protect or help us, the people, as opposed to growing lining the pockets of the military, industrial complex and the … Continue Reading

HOW “DECORATION DAY” BECAME “MEMORIAL DAY”

HOW “DECORATION DAY” BECAME “MEMORIAL DAY” The practice of decorating soldiers’ graves is an ancient one. Reports and discussions describing the history of Memorial day in the United States suggests it evolved during and after the Civil War. The practice of devoting a day for decorating soldiers’ graves appears to have begun in the South; and was later copied in the North. There was no common agreement with regard to what day the soldiers should be honored. The practice of honoring soldiers killed by their countrymen in the Civil War war was not given a specific name and day until May 5, 1868 when General John A. Logan issued a proclamation calling for “Decoration Day” to be observed annually and nationwide. The call for local communities in the South and North to agree upon a common day for decorating the graves of all soldiers who died in the Civil War asked people to look beyond the reasons why the soldiers had fought that war in order to commemorate their deaths. “Memorial Day” was first used as a synonym for “Decoration Day” in 1882. But “Decoration Day” was not changed to “Memorial Day” officially  until 1967. Funny, that I do not recall the official name change. 1967 was the year I graduated from high school in Bettendorf, Iowa. The United States was in the midst of the Vietnam War. Maybe the reason I cannot remember is because we, the people, had already changed the name before the government got around to … Continue Reading