Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day....

Do you know I actually had to look up what Memorial day was really about? I mean, I vaguely knew it was about remembering folks in the military..and if I would have thought further, it would have clicked that it was to honor those who had died. (Vs Veterans Day honoring all veterans.)
The Memorial Day Order:

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. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but Posts and comrades will, in their own way, arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
We are here to play, Comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers sailors and Marines, who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead? We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the Nation's gratitude—the soldiers and sailors widow and orphan.
II. It is the purpose of the
Commander in Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this Order effective.
—General Orders No. 11,
Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters.
I feel we are so far away from that intent. It has become a holiday of BBQ's, swimming pools, lakes, picnics and a day off from work. Yet, enjoying family, in a time together...of fun, is honoring what other's have died for. A life where we can have peace and enjoy our families.
I have been reflecting on how quickly life passes. I spent yesterday with my brother's family. My "little nieces" all grown up...Michelle with twin baby boys of her own. Woooosh! A lifetime goes by. I also had a suprize message from someone I knew when I was 17/18. A lifetime ago.
So today is a day of reflecting, remembering and being grateful. I thank the Lord so much for the little ones in my life. As they grow quickly and so soon will have lives of their own...I savor them today... We are going to head out to the acquatic center...and honor the family.
Blessing to all of you, who may be missing someone who sacrificed for us all. I pray you will find peace and hope. God has set eternity in our hearts, partings and temporary goes against our soul and spirit. So does being alone. God puts the lonely in families. Belonging is His way of caring for us.
I pray for his blessings and love today.
And speaking of a long time ago: 1975 Private Sandra Hancock.

1 Things Others Said:

crispy said...

Thanks for sharing this post. It is so important to reflect on time and how quickly it passes.

Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day with your family.