What Day is Memorial Day-What Day Is Memorial Day Depends On Who You Ask

This email came to me today from my friend of 20 years. Her name is Ruth Falsetto. I could never do her email justice so I am going to share it with you - just as she meant it - typos and all!

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"Just before my loving Dad passed away June 1, 2001 I had thanked him for fighting in WWII so that I may have the freedom I have. While you read his response please note he was not use to computers and had had a few strokes, but the love and appreciation is there.

Please feel free to pass this on to others so that they well understand that freedom isn't free and those who fought for us need to be told their efforts are truly appreciated. From a loving daughter who dearly misses her father.

Ruth"

Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2001 3:55 PM

Subject: appreciation recieved and duly noted

"HELLO SWEET LITTLE PRETTY GIRL, "WELL YOU JUST CONFIRMED THAT ONE OF YOUR BEST THINGS IN LIFE YOU WROTE IN YOUR LETTER, JUST CAME THROUGH, WHEN SOMEONE THANKY YOU EOR SOMETHING YOU DID AND THEY ARE GETTING THE BENEFITS OF NOW.

SO MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNMOW THAT ALL THE FREEDOM THEY ENJOY WAS NOT ARBITARILY GIVEN THEM, AND MANY AND UNFORTUNATE BOY GAVE HIS LIFE TO SECURE IT FOR US ALL. THAT IS THE SUPREME SACRAFICE, AND THEY NEVER GOT TO ENJOY WHAT THEY HAD WON FOR US ALL. I WAS NOT INJURED. BUT THE POTENTIAL WAS SURELY THERE, I WAS EXTREMELY FORTUNATE. AND I KNOW IT ALL TOO WEL;L.

I AM PROUD OF THE PART I DID, And it makes my chest stick out even further to have you acknowlege and thank me. i just wish others could here you say so, it would mean so much to them. some of them still wonder what they were doing there, fortunately i knew why i was there and prepared for the worst if necessary.

i hope you can allways live in peace and treasure it as you do now. so thank you for thanking me. i like it coming from you more than anyone else i can think of. with a wife and daughters like mine i could be not be prouder. one who loves you most \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\YOUR DAD\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"

What Day is Memorial Day-What Day Is Memorial Day Depends On Who You Ask

May 30th, 1868 - the first officially designated Memorial Day by General John Logan. Memorial day, or reconciliation day as it was originally referred to, was created in order to honor those who died during America's Civil War. This day became an official day of reconciliation to convey honor and gratitude to those fallen veterans.

All Confederate and Union graves, alike, were to have flowers placed on them. If a soldier rested at Arlington National Cemetery then they were to receive this floral commemoration 'topside.' This was Logan's proclamation. Because of the flowers, Memorial Day was originally and nationally named, "Decoration Day."

What Day is Memorial Day-What Day Is Memorial Day Depends On Who You Ask

New York leads the pack in official acknowledgement of Memorial Day.  They began in 1873, but in 1890 all the other northern states picked up their lead and also gave the day official acknowledgement.  These states also acknowledge other, additional days for their service people, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama also honor  on April 26, Texas honors also on January 19, and Tennessee and Louisiana honor on June 3.

Properly honoring the service people who gave their lives for their country was the momentum for this holiday in the first decades.

Moira Belle Michael Postage Stamp Honoring Moira's Dedication to Memorial Day Flowers

What Day is Memorial Day-What Day Is Memorial Day Depends On Who You Ask

The idea of wearing red poppies on the lapel was introduced by Georgia native, Moina Belle Michael, during World War I. She proposed that people wear red poppies as a way to honor those who died fighting for their nation in war, on Memorial Day. Beginning with friends and co-workers, sales were made and proceeds donated to help service people in need.

Inspiration from the poem, "In Flanders Fields," in 1915 gave Moina Belle Michaels the incentive to craft her version with this poem:

"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 Belle Michael

To commemorate those who valiantly serve and have served our country

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The Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations were the first organized institution to sell red poppies at the national level. 1922 marks the beginning of that custom.

  • Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

May 31 is the day Americans celebrate Memorial Day -

The last Monday in May.


  • May God Bless all who have served, and are serving, our nation.
  • And God Bless the families and victims of 9 11 - Who gave their lives.

NEVER FORGET

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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

nellieanna - What beautiful memories to keep! Thank you for dropping in! I am so glad you did! Babies can make all things better! You're not old enough to have a son born in 1955! ;-)


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Excellent hub, Michelle. Memorial Day has extra-special personal meanings for me. My firstborn child - my son - was born on May 31st, 1955. My second eldest granddaughter was born on May 31st, 1982. I can always remember their birthdays, while remembering those who served.


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

Hello, my friend, Ruth, thanks for stopping by to see your dads letter. I appreciate your thoughts and feelings and you know I feel the same way. I can't tell you how the entitlement mentality sickens me, but that's a novel in the works! ;-)


Ruth 6 years ago

Thank you my dear for placing my wonderful Dad's letter out there for other to see. I'm sure he is smiling down on us in shock. I pray it helps those who have NO idea of what memorial day realy is for. I pray the US open's up their eyes before it's to late.

Bless you


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

Thanks, Baggz - Too few take the time to say, thanks. I really appreciate your sentiment on this! I'm with you guys in applauding their sacrifices!


baggz 6 years ago

I am Canadian also and am with kowality on this, in that we too remember the ones that made huge sacrifices for our freedom.

Thank you for a very good hub on remembering all the people that gave their lives for us to live a better life.


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC Author

Thank you, Kowality! I have Uncles, great uncles, grandfathers, cousins, brother who all served in the forces and my friends say the same thing. God Bless these wonderful people! I'm glad you stopped by!


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kowality 6 years ago from Everywhere

I am Canadian by birth, but our Remembrance Day is much the same and I wanted to stop in and say, Thank you to all the people before us and currently who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The videos are especially thoughtful! thanks!

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