Memorial Day 2015

2008 Memorial Day Poster #2

It’s important to remember that Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor American men and women who died while serving our country.

We remember those who have given their lives in defense of our country. We will never forget you. We will always honor you and your sacrifice.

Taps

Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun
From the hills, from the lake, from the sky
All is well, safely rest;
God is nigh.

Then goodnight, peaceful night;
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright.
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, goodnight.

 

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3 thoughts on “Memorial Day 2015

  1. Thought I’d share something I did not know about this day and its beginning. I just learned of this today as I’ve been reading and remembering the fallen.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/30/opinion/30blight.html?_r=0

    “The largest of these events, forgotten until I had some extraordinary luck in an archive at Harvard, took place on May 1, 1865. During the final year of the war, the Confederates had converted the city’s Washington Race Course and Jockey Club into an outdoor prison. Union captives were kept in horrible conditions in the interior of the track; at least 257 died of disease and were hastily buried in a mass grave behind the grandstand.

    After the Confederate evacuation of Charleston black workmen went to the site, reburied the Union dead properly, and built a high fence around the cemetery. They whitewashed the fence and built an archway over an entrance on which they inscribed the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

  2. “On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Navy, and a grateful Nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your husband’s honorable and faithful service.”

    These were the words spoken with reverence and deep respect from the sailor who knelt and presented the flag to my mother at my dad’s graveside service.

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