Monday, May 26, 2014

Honoring the fallen

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The celebration of Memorial Day or Decoration Day has been  the custom since the late 1800s.  It isn't the celebration of a particular battle, it is a day set aside by our nation to honor the warriors who gave their lives for our country and our freedom.

IMG_6080 as Smart Object-1"We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies."
~ Moina Michael
(inspired by the poem In Flanders Fields)

The red paper poppies are distributed on Memorial Day to memorialize the sacrifices made during war, in addition to acting as a symbol of keeping the faith.

According to, there is a rumor that Memorial Day was started by former slaves on May 1, 1865, in Charleston, South Carolina, to honor 257 dead Union Soldiers who had been buried in a mass grave in a Confederate prison camp. The slaves dug up the bodies and worked for two weeks to give them a proper burial as gratitude for fighting for their freedom. They then held a parade of 10,000 people led by 2,800 black children where they marched, sang, and celebrated.

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