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The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
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edition #59


Since Friday is the beginning of a "long weekend" for the U S of A, I thought I'd do some research of the history behind the holiday ---
All about Memorial Day in the United States. And then some.....

1] According to Yale University -the first memorial day was observed in 1865 by liberated slaves at the historic race track in Charleston. The site was a former Confederate prison camp as well as a mass grave for Union soldiers who had died while captive. A parade with thousands of freed blacks and Union soldiers was followed by patriotic singing and a picnic.

2] The official birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York. The village was credited with being the birthplace because it observed the day on May 5, 1866, and each year thereafter.

3] It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have died in military service to their country.

4] Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials.

5] A national moment of remembrance [silence] takes place at 3 p.m. US Eastern time.

6] Another tradition is to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.

7] Volunteers place a U.S. flag upon each gravesite located in a National Cemetery.

8] The alternative name of "Memorial Day" was first used in 1882, but did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967.

9] On June 28, 1968, the United States Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved three holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend and for the first time recognized Columbus Day as a federal holiday. The holidays included Washington's Birthday (which evolved into Presidents' Day), Veterans Day, and Memorial Day. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.

10] It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.

11] Traditionally, it's also the day of the USA's -One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911.

12] Hawaii's Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran, has repeatedly introduced measures to return Memorial Day to its traditional day since 1998.

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Also, I feel compelled to always be supportive of ALL USA's troops!!
[this video above is soldiers and the song...."Mr. Lonely" by the singer of my generation, Bobby Vinton]

48 comments :

  1. This holiday was originally used to remember war heroes, but it has revolved into a remembrance for loved one who have passed on. Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. Great TT. These are some interesting facts. Hope you have a great Memorial Day! Happy TT.

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  3. Coming from the UK, I'd heard of Memorial Day, but didn't know much about it. That was interesting. Thank you.

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  4. Very interesting how the holiday has evolved. I didn't know most of that. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Decoration Day? How has it not been returned to the original name in California by a coalition of interior designers??

    Lost Hemisphere's 15th T13 - What are YOU looking for?

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  6. great list! thanks for sharing.. mine's up too hope you can drop by.

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  7. What a timely reminder that, as we picnic, boat, barbecue, etc, we should remember those who sacrificed for us!

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  8. The most important thing - Indiana Jones. Your comment reminded me to call my "sister" and see if we were still on for tomorrow. Then I stopped to purchase the tickets online.

    GOT EM!

    Thanks for reminding me.
    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo
    http://thepinkflamingo.blogharbor.com/blog/_archives/2008/5/21/3704421.html

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  9. I remember my grandmother always talking about the history and traditions of Memorial day. Happy TT.

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  10. Great list idea! Have a wonderful long weekend Anni! :)

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  11. Very nice - thank you.
    Mine was about the holiday too. I think it's a good idea to remember there's more to Memorial day than just the beginning of summer (although that's good too!)

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  12. I'm not from the U.S. but that is a great info.

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  13. Anni,as a boy scout I and the rest of our troup would go and place flags on the graves of soldiers in the local cementary.I for one will alway remember Memorial day just that way.I'm going to do a post about memorial day as well.
    I have a couple of ideas How I gonna do it. I think It will be a combination of some things.Mr.Lonley may be one of them as well a photo of The Wall in Washington.
    I thank you for such a great posting from two perspectives 1)the child of a vet.(USAAF) 2) serviceman my self.(USAF) On behalf of my servicemen and women that you for this Great Post.

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  14. Thanks for this work! My flag will be at half mast, and I will recall the holiday's roots in the Civil War. It's 100 years older than I, so I'll remember it's beginnings, too!

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  15. A timely and interesting history lesson...DH (a vet) will be in Vegas that day, bu we will be remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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  16. Very interesting. Happy TT

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  17. We just had our long weekend in Canada. Have fun and Play Safe.
    Happy T13!

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  18. Aww you're good I think of myself as fiercely patriotic but I did not know most of this

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  19. Anni,

    Thank you for sharing this history of Memorial Day. I wish you and Bud a pleasant long weekend. Are you doing anything special.

    I have been in the US on Memorial Day and was very impressed that the cemeteries were decorated with American flags. It is a wonderful tradition and they look so pretty alongside all of the flowers.

    I pay tribute to the soldiers who have fought and are fighting that we may live in our countries where freedom is a right and not a priviledge.

    Blessings,
    Mary

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  20. Very interesting. I had no idea your #6 was a recognized tradition.

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  21. I didn't know the one about displaying the flag at half mast. A lovely, meaningful way to remember and honor, isn't it? (Thanks for visiting my TT)

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  22. Interesting facts about Memorial Day. Thank you for doing the research and sharing it with us. I also like your new look, Anni.

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  23. That was a most informative list, loved reading about this holiday. Wish we could all live in peace forever...

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  24. oh enjoy your holiday and have fun!!

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  25. Thanks for sharing this history, enjoy your weekend sweetie.

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  26. Goodness! Another new look! Very pretty! Nice job on the holiday too!

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  27. Very informative...I learned a lot...and enjoyed reading!

    Happy TT!

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  28. I remember when my mother called it "Decoration Day". For then, it was a wedding day also. I enjoyed the video also.

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  29. Great list!! Interesting facts, a few I didn't even know. Thanks for visiting my TT.

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  30. I didn't know about the moment of silence.

    And leave it to our representatives to work tirelessly to change the date of holidays, when our economy is in the crapper. :)

    Have a lovely holiday weekend!

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  31. Very interesting. Sometimes we take holidays and have no clue why we get them. Great reminder about our men and women fighting overseas.

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  32. Oh thank you ! that was very interesting because I always asked myself the origin of the Memorial day. Nobody really could explain it to me most of the people were only happy to have a day off, lol ! Now it's funny that there is also a Waterloo in New York ! In the Waterloo museum here, is a map with all cities which have been named after "my" Waterloo there are 53 in the whole world !

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  33. Anni, thanks for all the useful info on Memorial Day! I don't like the fact that it's not on May 30th necessarily anymore... of course we have to support our troops even if we don't support the war. My nephew is a Marine but getting out in July this year! Yeah! :D

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  34. lovely reminder. thankyou!

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  35. Definitely neat stuff -- much of which I hadn't known before. Thanks for teaching me something new!

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  36. I was familiar with a lot of these. But I didn't know the flag was only flown at half mast until noon, that there was a nationwide moment of silence at 3 p.m., or that Uniform Day bill realigned several holidays.

    BTW, can the Hawaii senator come up with a little more of a pressing issue to get behind?

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  37. What a fabulous and timely Thursday Thirteen! I still have some relatives that refer to it as "Decoration Day" - I thought the official nomenclature had changed more recently than your TT listed, so I guess my family just needs to get with the future, eh? :-)

    Have a great long weekend!

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  38. Great T13! Happy memorial day weekend!

    :)

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  39. Thank you for researching and sharing. It's an important holiday with important meaning beyond the start of summer and BBQ's. Not that it's not excellent to celebrate that way, but it's good to remember why. Loved this!

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  40. That little video and song brought tears to my eyes...one can't even imagine what these soldiers go through. Perfect song to go with these pictures!!

    Thank you so much for the facts about Memorial Day...all I knew about it was that it was a holiday in the USA to remember fallen soldiers so it was interesting to learn more about it:-)

    I do hope you've been having a great week, dear Anni...it's finally starting to slowly warm up again here so maybe I'll finally be able to plant some flowers come the weekend. Still only have my tulips in bloom at the moment. xoxo

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  41. I love to learn things on Thursdays ... thanks!

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  42. Though I am from the US...you know some of the things you wrote were still interesting to read and learn about. Thank you for sharing and stopping by my TT post!

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  43. A most ‘timely’ T-13 today! Thanks for the ‘history review’ … I hadn’t thought of the term ‘Decoration Day’ in a long time! Hope you have a lovely holiday weekend ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

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  44. Great post about Memorial Day!

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  45. Very interesting! I didn't know a lot of that.

    Thanks for the visit!

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  46. I didn't know about #5 - I'll see if I can get the baby to cooperate ;)

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  47. Wow, great TT! I hadn't ever heard most of this info. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for visiting my TT.

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  48. thanx for the history lesson. i knew some of this but not nearly all of it.

    glad you enjoyed the silly book title list at my TT last week. that BTW came from an email fwd--an eleven page, 10pt font, single spaced attachment sent to me about four years ago by my sister who, when it was sent to her, remembered how we three sibs as kids would make up these hilarious author/title combos on road trips.

    i'm sorry i didn't make it to yours in return.

    this week my TT is 13 things I'm wondering about the novel, The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova which I am currently reading.

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