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Memorial Day Wishes!

by The Hat Team

Happy Memorial Day!

by The Hat Team

Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

National Moment of Remembrance

To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.

The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

Courtesy of Montgomery AL Real Estate Expert Sandra Nickel.   

Celebrating Memorial Day 2012

by The Hat Team

“America, we marched with pride. We gave our life, for you we died." - Roger J. Robicheau

soldierDo you celebrate Memorial Day at your Montgomery home?  Or, to be more specific, do you acknowledge the real purpose of the holiday and participate in activities designed to commemorate those who died for our country?  If your answer is “No,” you are among the majority of US citizens, for the celebration of this  day has strayed far from its original intent and has become an opportunity to enjoy a three-day weekend which ushers in summer.

Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who had died during the American Civil War and was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I it was extended to include all men and women who died in any war or military action.

Originally known as Decoration Day, the current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II, and it was celebrated on May 30, regardless of the day of the week on which it fell. In 1968 the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May.

Memorial Day is observed throughout the United States with many special ceremonies, parades, concerts, festivals, patriotic performances, and moreWreaths are placed at soldiers’ tombs, and soldiers of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place an American flag at each of the more than 220,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery. 

How can you observe Memorial Day at your Montgomery home?  Regardless of where you do your celebrating, you can include red, white, and blue decorations in the form of streamers, balloons, stars, or paper goods.  You can also proudly display an American flag or hang a patriotic wreath on your door.  

Help your children have holiday fun while learning about our nation’s history and military sacrifice by involving them in many themed crafts and activities.   The Holiday Zone.com provides a wide variety of free printable puzzles, coloring pages, crossword puzzles, and the like to keep young ones entertained in your Montgomery home or at the picnic grounds.  For crafts for the kids, click here.

Check your local paper or online for activities scheduled for your area—and perhaps say a silent “thanks” to those who have died and those who are currently in harm’s way sometime during the day.

No, Freedom Isn't Free

by The Hat Team
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I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.
 
 
I heard the sound of taps one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

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