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May 27, 2011


To the editor:

As we mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. It is particularly important to pay attention this Memorial Day. While we remember all who gave “their last full measure” in the defense and service of our country, we should also remember the origin of Memorial Day.

Gen. John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic (made up of Union veterans of the Civil War) issued General Order 11 on May 5, 1868. In it he stated, “The 30th day 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.”

It is especially fitting that this year, marking the start of the 150th remembrance of the Civil War, that Memorial Day as originally intended falls on the last Monday of May, which was created to make a three-day weekend.


Bob Harvey 6 years, 11 months ago

How true. Sadly for most this holiday is simply a day off from work, with another opportunity to break out the grill and cook a few more hot dogs. Few will honor the day for it's true meaning. I assure you our family will.

Abdu Omar 6 years, 11 months ago

When I was in Junior High Civics class, our teacher who was also the wrestling coach, asked us to memorize this speech. I did. It meant very little to me at the time but as my life unfolded in the next 50 years, it has come to mean a great deal. Read this now and pay attention to the last line and ask yourself "is this the kind of government we have today? Are we governed by our own devices or are the lobbyists and special interersts in charge?" If this is true, we need to change it!

I love this country; I fought for it; I, too, would have died for it and I know you would have too. It is time to make it ours again.

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do so.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

  • Abraham Lincoln

mr_right_wing 6 years, 11 months ago

If you do nothing to celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day, you cannot consider yourself a patriot.

Attend one of the many Memorial Day services around town.

Visit a cemetary where you know folks who have given their lives are buried to pay respects..

Take time to call or visit any service men or women you know and give them a heart-felt "thanks".

If nothing else; find a flying flag and just take a few minutes to ponder those red stripes; all the blood that has, is and will be shed for our freedom.

It is not "family picnic day' or "school's out celebration day"!

kernal 6 years, 11 months ago

Our ancestors did not fight in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War and WWI and WWII for us to sit complacently by and let fools take this country down.

If you didn't get enough education in school, don't stop now. We have free public libraries: learn American history, learn how our government works, learn the Bill of Rights and Constitution, read and learn about the issues -not just how they apply now, but also their relation to our history and our future. It is a life long challenge.

I will never forget the student in one of my classes who was angry that older students return to universities to further their education. She actually said there was no reason to keep learning after graduation. I imagine she is unhappily continuing that endeavor where ever she is.

gkerr 6 years, 11 months ago

God bless the soldiers who died in the defense of this great nation. God bless all of our ancestors who have gone before us and helped shape our land and our lives, and may he especially bless my parents and my brother. Gkerr

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