May 2015 Newsletter
I saved this newsletter for the Memorial Day weekend.
Like most things in our life that are back to front right now,
our weather up here on the hill: Winter in Summer and Summer in
The weather has truly been crazy but today for Memorial Day the
sun is shining and the temperature is inching up to 71 degrees.
What is it that they say, ”Gray May and June Gloom”?
I wanted to share with you some little
known facts about Memorial Day.
Did you know?
- Name change: That once upon a time Memorial
Day was called Decoration Day. This was because on this day the
graves of the fallen would be visited and so were decorated in
splendor with flowers, flags and ribbons.
- Date change: Previously Memorial Day was on
the 30th day in May but was changed to the last Monday in May to
give Federal employees a long weekend.
- Oh our divided nation: Did you know that to
this day there is a Confederate Memorial Day? In the beginning
many of the Southern States refused to honor Decoration Day and
they “claimed” only the fallen Union soldiers were being
honored. This I can understand in the few decades after the
civil war, for the loss of a gracious if unfair lifestyle was
sorely lamented in the South. I have been reading recently about
this period in American history and find it fascinating. Here is
my question to you though, "Does it make sense to still have a
separate Confederate Memorial Day and celebrate it even to this
- Moment of Silence: There is an official
moment of silence on Memorial Day. Did you know this? Share this
with friends and family at three p.m. (local time) This can be
quite a powerful experience as you remember (together) those who
served and lost their lives for our freedom.
- Best Remembered: Our fallen soldiers are best
remembered in the words of James A. Garfield in a speech he made
before he was President. “If silence is ever golden, it must be
beside the graves of 15,000 men, whose lives were more
significant than speech, and whose death was a poem the music of
which can never be sung.”
Memorial Day to you and to yours!
Until next month!
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