Lest We Forget

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  It began as Decoration Day, and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union and Confederate soldiers of the Civil War.

In the North ~ On May 5, 1868, General John Logan in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, the organization for Union Civil War veterans – issued a proclamation that “Decoration Day” should be observed nationwide. It was observed for the first time on May 30 of the same year; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a battle.

In the South ~  there emerged a separate tradition of Memorial Day and partially merged into the national day of memory. Southern ladies’ organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May. Starting in 1866, the Southern states established Confederate Memorial Day, with dates ranging from April 25 to mid-June. By some accounts the Union troops that were buried in the south were also remembered during their national day of memory, by placing flowers on their graves.

By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars.

Flags at half-staff until noon

On Memorial Day the flag is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

If you are unable to lower your flag at half-staff then applying a black ribbon on the top of the staff is appropriate.

The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.

Remember this Memorial Day ~ Lest we forget…


{These pictures were sent in emails the past week – the artists are unknown}


4 thoughts on “Lest We Forget

    1. I appreciate you asking me but those images came from facebook so I do not know who originally did them. The flag is my picture though – nothing fancy about it. 😉


  1. Amen to this post! Memorial Day has taken a “turn off the path” like many things have in America. It was, is, and always should be about our warriors lost on fields of battle protecting the rights and freedoms of others…



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