Memorial Day Redefined

memorial-graphics-08Or should I say, "Defined as it was originally intended."

Here's how the creation of Memorial Day was described in General Orders No. 11, Washington, DC, May 5, 1868.   

The 30th 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 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.

I believe we have strayed from that original intention, and I am not alone in that belief. Please read the words of Marine Corps veteran, Jennie Haskamp in her article entitled, I am a veteran, and I hate 'Happy Memorial Day.' Here's why

I wish you a Thoughtful Memorial Day.

 

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Comments

  1. Powerful truth in Marine Corps veteran, Jennie Haskamp's article. Well written and truly shifted my thoughts today. Thank you, Linda, for finding and sharing.

  2. This shifted my perspective too, Colette. I did make it down to Main Street to watch the Memorial Day parade and applauded the groups of veterans that marched by but it wasn't until the end of the parade route did I remember our fallen soldiers when they performed the gun salute. Thank you for the clarity I needed on this day, Linda!

  3. Wow. Such truth here. Yet another holiday commercialized beyond its original intent.  Same thing happened to Christmas.  And Easter.  I always thought Memorial Day was also to honor the soldiers currently serving – and nothing wrong with that, ever – but I never realized its sole intent was to honor the buried. And who celebrates on a day like that?  Thank you for reminding us of the solemness of the occasion. 

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