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We had a great time at our Annual Memorial Day Picnic yesterday. We started with the food of coarse and then proceeded to play games. At 3:00 p.m. we stopped everything and had a moment of silence as President Bush had asked everyone to do. And then we continued on in the festivities, enjoying the freedom that so many have fought for. I thank God for America and I pray that He will bless her. Our baseball games were hilarious because we had so many people playing. I think on one team at one time was 31people. LOL We finally had to have just a kids game and then an all men’s game. The ladies challenged the men and that was super hilarious! Do you have to ask who got SLAUGHTERED?!! Anyway, a good time was had by all. If you would like to see some photos of the day you can go to my flickr account. You will find it in the right column of this page under Flickr Photos, “More Pics to Enjoy”.

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860’s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

May we never forget the sacrifice of those who have fought for freedom.  God bless their memory and God please BLESS AMERICA!

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