Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day - It's History - 3pm Moment of Remembrance

The History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. 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.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). 

Wear Red Poppies

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own 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 Michael visited Europe in June and July 1914. She was in Germany when the First World War broke out in August 1914, and traveled to Rome to return home to the US. In Rome, she assisted around 12,000 US tourists to seek passage back across the Atlantic. She returned to the US on the RMS Carpathia and returned to teaching at Normal School in Athens, Georgia. She was a professor at the University of Georgia when the U.S. entered World War I in April 1917. She took a leave of absence from her work and volunteered to assist in the New York-based training headquarters for overseas YWCA workers.

On 9 November 1918, inspired by the Canadian John McCrae battlefront-theme poem In Flanders Fields, she wrote a poem in response called We Shall Keep the Faith. In tribute to the opening lines of McCrae's poem -- "In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses row on row," -- Michael vowed to always wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in the war.

After the war was over, Michael returned to the University of Georgia and taught a class of disabled servicemen. Realizing the need to provide financial and occupational support for these servicemen, she pursued the idea of selling silk poppies as a means of raising funds to assist disabled veterans. In 1921, her efforts resulted in the poppy being adopted as a symbol of remembrance for war veterans by the American Legion Auxiliary, and by Earl Haig's British Legion Appeal Fund (later The Royal British Legion) later that year.

Known as the "Poppy Lady" for her humanitarian efforts, Michael received numerous awards during her lifetime. She retired from the University of Georgia in 1934, and published an autobiography in 1941, "The Miracle Flower:  The Story of the Flanders Fields Memorial Poppy".

In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.


"As we contemplate the comforts and blessings of our lives and the well-being of our nation, I ask you to pause just for a moment to remember those who gave their lives to protect the values that give meaning to our lives."
President Bill Clinton
May 31, 1999 

The National Moment of Remembrance program was established to remind Americans of the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces as well as others who have died as a result of service to this nation. Americans around the world should pause and remember these heroes in a symbolic act of unity.

  • To raise Americans' awareness of the honorable contributions made by those who died while defending our nation.
  • To encourage all Americans to honor those who died as a result of service to this nation by pausing for one minute at 3:00 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day. 

We will Never Forget You.

You will be Forever in our Prayers.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Outside my window... pretties!

Beauty surrounds me, everywhere I look.

There are flowers outside my window.

I never get enough of these beauties.

Ever changing, from morning till night.

Their fragrance fills the air.

All colors of the rainbow surrounded in green,
covered in dew and raindrops,
they glow in the sunshine and the rain.

They heal broken hearts,
show our love for one another,
celebrate our joys,
encourage our hopes
and express our sympathies.

"The earth laughs in flowers"Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you for stopping by

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Out my window... babies!

It was misting a cool rain when I got up this morning. Mother Nature has been good to us for sometime now. We have been wet, but the soil is moist and our trees and flowers are growing. We had been in a drought for a couple of years and it is over now. Our pond is beautiful, lots of baby fish, big fat frogs, mud hens, blue herons  and baby northern geese, are living here full time.

Thehubs has been busy mowing, trimming trees, helping me redo all of our flower beds, washing all of the windows, siding and soffits. Yesterday he laid out the design and broke ground on our new sidewalk that will run around the south side of our home. I will soon be able to walk completely around our home in my white cotton socks (I love and live in those socks!).  He is so handy to have around and I love him so.

We are feeding the geese, blue birds, cardinals, woodpeckers, killdeers, and many more birds.  They are going through a 40lb bag of corn chops each week. We also have a feeder for the songbirds that like to eat finch food.  It is a twice daily routine and so worth the expense and efforts.

You can see another project with landscaping blocks in the above photos, a new flowerbed for our Iris's. We needed to wait until they were done blooming before we dig them up and move them out there.  Our back yard is over an acre all by itself so it takes a lot of landscaping to fill it in.  He has planted 12 trees in the past few years out there, built a firepit, put up birdfeeders, bird baths, and planted several bushes. He loves it out there!

our favorite time of year and even though this one has been wet, 
it has been truly beautiful. 

Thank you for stopping by, hope you have a wonderful day!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wow, that was an adventure!

I survived a plane crash. 

The turbulence was terrible on this flight. I was seated on Row 29 on a flight into Nashville when the plane dipped, and a deafening explosion rocked the back of the Airbus. My shoulder slammed against the seat as the plane skidded for several seconds as the pilot tried to save us. Baggage tumbled, the air smelled like smoke and burning plastic. The woman in the middle seat clutched my forearm. "I think he is dead. The man next to me. He's dead" she said.

Lisa Harris is an amazing writer, and this is the first book written by her that I have read.  I felt that I was her, Nikki Boyd, the main character in this fast action book filled with twists and turns. I love a book that opens up my imagination and allows me to close my eyes and picture myself as that character, this book did just that. I felt her every move, her every thought, and even her pain and frustration. Ms. Harris is a great story teller, every word on every page was easily absorbed, creating a picture in my mind of each place, person and situation Nikki Boyd found herself in. I couldn't put this book down.

Nikki Boyd is sitting next to a woman on this plane that holds the key to this entire mystery. Only she disappears right after the plane crash leaving behind a broken bracelet that Nikki finds. This bracelet is the first in a mystery that even the FBI can't figure out. Nikki also has a personal love story, a missing sister, and and a determination that is unmatched. Just as I thought I had the answer, a new twist, including a prison kidnapping would change my mind, I would find myself starting over trying to help Nikki solve this case and find this woman. So many times, I felt like I was there beside her and as determined as she was.  I don't want to go into detail about this story, because unraveling this story is the real pleasure of this book. It is fast, as this story takes place in only 48 hours.

Pursued - The Nikki Boyd Files is the third on the Nikki Boyd Files series. 

It is published by Revelle, a division of Baker Publishing so I knew it would be a well made book, one that I would enjoy holding in my hands, feeling every page. Revelle is a great publisher and I am a big fan of their books. This book is categorized as Fiction, Romantic Suspense. You will find no bad words, no vulgarity. Another reason why I am a fan of Revelle.

The type is larger than most and the spacing is wide enough that it is a very good quality book, even though it is a paper book, the cover is embossed, sturdy and beautiful. The quality of paper and binding makes this book a great gift.

You can learn more about Lisa Harris, the author on her website 

Her books are available in ebooks, bookstores and on-line.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

Thank you for stopping by. I have been away for a while and missing my blog and my blogging buddies terribly. My own life is a mixture of trials, both physical and mental, with a strong emphasis on the physical lately. My journey is constant learning, overcoming and trying to stay focused. I will share more of that later.

Disclosure: I enjoy reading!  I always have and always will! My review of this book is just that, my own opinion of how I liked or disliked this book. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for my review. However, all opinions and summaries expressed are my own, without any influence, and are copyright protected.