Saturday, May 26, 2012

Honoring Our Heroes

Memorial Day was was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868
 by General John Logan, national commander
 of the Grand Army of the Republic.

 The holiday was first observed on May 30, 1868,
when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. 

Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day
and was a holiday to honor
those who died fighting in the Civil War.

Today the holiday honors Americans
who died fighting in any war.

Let us take a moment
to honor and remember
those who have made the ultimate sacrifice
to keep the United States free and safe.

Decoration Day

by Evaleen Stein

See the soldiers, little ones!
Hark the drummers' beat!
See them with their flags and guns
Marching down the street!

Tattered flags from out the wars,
Let us follow these
To the little stripes and stars
Twinkling through the trees.

Watch them waving through the grass
Where the heroes sleep!
Thither gently let us pass
On this day we keep.

Let us bring our blossoms, too,
All our gardens grow;
Lilacs honey-sweet with dew,
And the lilies' snow.

Every posy of the May,
Every bloomy stem,
Every bud that breaks today
Gather now for them.

Lay the lilies o'er them thus,
Lovingly, for so
Down they laid their lives for us,
Long and long ago.

Heap above them bud and bough;
Softly, ere we cease,
God, we pray Thee, gently now
Fold them in Thy peace!

Antique Postcard from my Personal Collection
Copyright by International Art Publishing Company, 1909
Artwork by Ellen H. Clapsaddle

Antique Postcard from my Personal Collection
Copyright by International Art Publishing Company, 1909
Artwork by Ellen H. Clapsaddle

Until next time, live and love well.

Linking with
Bunny Hop at Bunny Jean's Decor and More

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bj said...

Hi..I'm bj over from Bunny Hop.
Nice tribute....hope your holiday was good.

If you live in Midland, we are ALMOST neighbors...I live in Lubbock.

Come by sometime...I am following you.:)

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Debra!

You have the best postcard collection... these are so pretty and just perfect for Memorial Day.

Thanks for sharing at my party this week!

xoxo Bunny Jean

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how sweet! I love your antique postcards....those rosy cheeked children are so adorable. Thanks for your visit.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love your vintage Memorial Day postcards!!

So pretty!


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