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Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

 

 

General John A. Logan's

Memorial Day Order

 

 

 

 

General Order

No. 11

 

 

Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic

Washington, D.C., May 5, 1868

 

I. The 30th day 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. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

 

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose, among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foe? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their death a tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and found mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.

 

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

 

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

 

II. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

 

III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective.

 

By command of:

JOHN A. LOGAN,

Commander-in-Chief.

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:D My nephew just got back from Iraq and my brother just went back.

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Yes, thank you very much for everything you have done and are doing. I will say that it is sad that there are so few replies to this thread. Put out an anti Bush thread and the libs come out of the woodwork in droves. Thank the vets is here for an hour and seven responses. Sad. God bless the vets and their families.

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Being a veteran of the easiest war in human history -the 1991 Gulf War- it's hard to say I sacrificed anything or feel worthy of being held in such regard with guys from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam or the latest Iraq adventure.

 

Still with all the Vietnam stories in our heads, it was certainly scary enough before we actually got there.

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God bless ALL veterans!!! :D:D

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My wife and I are visiting her parents in Switzerland and earlier today I was able to look over the Bodensee today (aka Lake of Constance) into Germany. While doing so I said a prayer for all of our soldiers who died fighing there (including my great uncle who was KIA just after fighting in the Battle of the Bulge).

 

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First truly memorable Memorial Day for me.

 

My grandpa passed away a couple days before Christmas. We had plane tickets and plans to spend it with him. He was a POW from Wake Island in WWII and one of the few left alive. He also fought in Korea; was a part of the Inchon Landing and was on the last medivac before Chosin froze over.

 

I knew he didn't have much time left but I tried to get to see him as much as possible before he passed away. I was able to fly him and my grandma out to DC to see the WWII Memorial in 2004. I'm sure glad I did.

 

He and I are the only true "lifers" in the family. I sure do miss him. :D

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:D

 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

 

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THANK YOU one and all for all you do.

 

I thought of my dad, grandpa, cousin (in Iraq now) and many other vets a lot all weekend. Driving around today I was a little - okay, a LOT - disappointed in the lack of flags out around my town. Felt like taking a megahorn and crusing around loudly reminding folks that its not just about bbqs, tv and a day off work....

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I am a honorably discharged solidier of the Louisiana Army National Guard. I know many snicker at the role the Guard plays but we went many places overseas and I tell you what...I am glad that I had the chance, of serving this country. I am proud of our troops, I pray for them everyday, my heart hurts for them and their family for the torture activation plays, and I hope that one day the fighting will end.

 

 

I know there are several troops here...Jackscheet, The Grunt, Skylive, Club, and others...I thank you. :D:D:D

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Thank You Vets!

 

 

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Thank You Vets!

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Yummy...I'd eat the corn out of her passed MRE. :D

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I made an early run up to my grandparent's graves and was there just after sunrise. There was a veterans group there performing a ceremony of Taps and a gun salute - it was very touching and a beautiful sight. It was especially meaningful to me as my grandfather served in the Navy in WWII. :D

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