THE MUFFLED drum’s sad roll has beat The soldier’s last tattoo; No more on Life’s parade shall meet That brave and fallen few. On Fame’s eternal camping-ground 5 Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards, with solemn round, The bivouac of the dead.
Bivouac Of The Dead, by Theodore O’Hara
Many people do not understand the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day. That’s alright! Don’t be so harsh on them. It is not their fault that they have not been told.
Even coming from a military family, in my early years I thought it was a day to remember all that had passed. Later on, I thought it was a day to honor all military that had passed away. Then came the internet, where all confused people join together, and being one of them I thought it was a day to just honor all in the military past and present. After nearly joining the military myself and then marrying a veteran, the true meaning of Memorial Day was quickly brought to my attention.
“If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind “
Major Michael Davis O’Donell 01JAN70 Dak To, Vietnam
Memorial Day is actually a day to honor all members of the military that passed away while in service, particularly those who died in battle. That is why we often quote, “All gave some; some gave all” (words that were first documented by Howard Osterkamp after the Korean war, but are said to go back further…) on this day.
So if you walked up to a veteran or member of our military today and said, “Happy Memorial Day!”, and then did not receive the reaction you were expecting, this is why.
Here are a few links on the subject:
In memory of those that gave all… Thank you to each and every one. For truly, our lives would not be what they are today were it not for them.
It has been a while since writing about the things that happened in history on “this day”. I love the no-nonsense knowledge and want to share with you a couple of the things that I find interesting.
Thirty-two years ago, in 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley Jr., as he was leaving a hotel after addressing a labor meeting. He survived the gun shot wound to the chest, which narrowly missed his heart. Others were injured also during the attack by Mr. Hinckley, and survived.
Also, on this date, in 1974, the folksy-feel good singer John Denver, hit the top of the charts with “Sunshine On My Shoulders”. Just about everyone has heard this song at one time or another. John Denver passed away when his plane crashed in 1997.
If you would like more information, visit one of my favorite webpages: This Day in History. There is tons more information in wide range topics. Have fun searching!
In 1965, the Gateway Arch was completed. When thinking of St. Louis, the first thought is usually the St. Louis Cardinals. Second is usually the Gateway Arch. Construction on this amazing structure, began in February, 1963 and cost under $15 Million to complete. Architect, Eero Saarinen, did not live to see his finished product. He died of a brain tumor in 1961.
I for one, have visited the arch, but refuse to go to the top, which is available thru a tram built on the inside of the arch. The grounds surrounding the Arch, are beautiful. Especially in the fall.
*Information is gathered from This Day in History website. Go there for more extensive information.
On This Day In History…
The first Presidential speech was given on TV, on this day in history, October 5th, 1947. It was given by President Harry Truman. It was his speech on getting everyone to conserve food rations, soon after World War 2.
Just think about how many Presidential speeches have been made on TV since then. It seems that the current president has had more than any other. I’ve gotten to the point that I dread hearing that one is coming up.
Back then, it was probably exciting to get to see and hear the President of the United States of America, talking to you about what was happening in the U.S.
This is where it all started.
Stay tuned for another, “On This Day In History”…