An excellent column from Max Dribbler in today’s American Free News Network. He is right,it’s not a “happy day,” but a somber commendation.
Makes me recall Lincoln’s finest words,
“…But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain…”Here is the first few columns and the link.
Max Dribbler 5/31/2021 12:02 PM
Memorial Day always brings out a bit of the “Grinch” in me. I feel an obligation to inform my circle of influence in the form of friends, relatives, work colleagues and frenemies alike about the origins and purpose of Memorial Day. Over the past decade or so I’ve endeavored to be the “firstest” to send a Memorial Day message to avoid the urge that comes over me- that I can’t ignore- to remind people that Memorial Day is a somber celebration of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
There may be BBQs, picnics and days off with family and friends, but it is not a “happy” day: no “Happy Memorial Days” for me….
Memorial Day started out as Decoration Day following the Civil War, when on 25 April 1866 a chaplain and local women placed flowers on soldier’s graves at Friendship Cemetery, Columbus, Missouri, to honor the 1600 soldiers who died in the Battle of Shiloh. There was no Blue or Gray distinction made in the tribute, nor rancor felt toward the Union Army that still occupied much of the south. Honoring all soldiers who served and sacrificed was reported locally and widely at a time when the Civil War remained a great source of angst and disagreement….