Thursday, May 26, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Keepers of the Peace

Beginning with the end of our Civil War in the USA, good people have honored those that have given their life to make sure that we have freedom. They have suffered for us. Their families have endured the pain of lost. Their friends have cried because they will not see them anymore. 

We have this holiday because of those that have died for us not because someone decided it is a good time of the year to give employees some time off. Yes, we will have get-togethers with family and friends. Eat a lot. Play a lot. Laugh a lot. There will be parades. And we will enjoy our day.

During your celebrations remember what this day really means: those that died for YOU.

I found it interesting to learn why Memorial Day (Decoration Day) is celebrated during this specific time of the year. If you would like to know why then you can read more here: Memorial Day

 In Flanders Fields
by Lt. Col. John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

                                   We are the Dead. Short days ago                                        
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
   Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
         In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
   The torch; be yours to hold it high.
   If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
         In Flanders fields.

We Shall Keep The Faith
by Moina  Michael
We cherish, too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
But lends a luster to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

 Wishing you a safe, fun-filled Memorial Day!



Donnamo said...

Your post reminded me that growing up my Mom who was a member of the American Legion Auxilary in Washington used to make thousands of crepe paper poppies to be put on the graves at Arlington National Cemetary for Memorial Day.

Thanks for reminding me of the reason for this "holiday."

Elaine Bullin said...

Hi Donna, appreciate you dropping by and leaving a comment. Glad you enjoyed this post.

I can remember almost everyone wearing the red poppies on Memorial Day. Now a days we don't see that so much. I think this a a shame.