MEMORIAL DAY 2000
(Fly the American Flag at half-staff until noon.)
This page is dedicated to all those who have
given the greatest gift that they could, their lives.
Memorial Day or Decoration Day
is a patriotic holiday in the United States. It is a day
to honor Americans who gave their lives for their country,
and is celebrated as a legal holiday in most states. Most
Northern States and some Southern States observe
Memorial Day the last Monday in May.
This date was made a federal holiday by
a law that became effective in 1971.
In 1966 the U.S. government proclaimed Waterloo, N.Y.,
the birthplace of the holiday. The people of Waterloo
first observed Memorial Day on May 5, 1866, to honor
soldiers who had died in the Civil War. Businesses were
closed, and people decorated soldiers' graves and flew
flags at half-mast.
Major General John A. Logan in 1868 named May 30 as a
special day for honoring the graves of Union soldiers.
Logan served as commander in chief of the Grand Army of
the Republic, an organization of Union veterans of the
Civil War. They had charge of Memorial Day celebrations
in the Northern States for many years. The American
Legion took over this duty after World War I.
Memorial Day is a day of local parades, speeches and most
of all a day to remember all those who have died so that
we may be safe and free.
Eulogy For a Veteran
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the Gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
"WE'LL NEVER FORGET
"Take this hand, it gave it's all for you,"
that we may be safe and free from harm.
The following are links to:
National Cemetery System, Dept of Veterans Affairs
Military Monuments and Memorials of Washington, D.C.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery: The Final Post
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (picture)
Army Mortuary Affairs History Page
Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier (US Civil War)
Civil War Era National Cemeteries
Graves of World War II personalities
The American Legion National Headquarters
Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
Key Events & Causes: War of 1812
The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)
American Civil War 1861-1865
Spanish-American War 1898
WORLD WAR I
WORLD WAR II
Korean War Project
Persian Gulf War
WARS of the United States of America
Department of Veterans Affairs
VETERANS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS
Welcome to the U.S. Army Homepage
Air Force Link - Official Web Site
U.S. Navy: Welcome Aboard
The National Guard
United States Coast Guard Home Page
U.S. Department of Defense, LINK Opening Page
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