Decoration Day

Blessings on Decoration Day to you!

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What we call Memorial Day originated immediately after the Civil War when local communities decorated the the graves of their war dead. In 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of a Northern Civil War veteran’s organization presided over the first official national Decoration Day at Arlington National Cemetery. Five thousand participants used flowers and ribbons to decorate the graves of over 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

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The event continued to inspire communities throughout the nation to observe the day with ceremony since that time, giving honor and remembrance to the veterans and war dead of all our nation’s wars – they who have given, in Abraham Lincoln’s memorable words, their “last full measure of devotion.”

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Last weekend, we celebrated our annual Founder’s Day event in my hometown. I serve on the board of the group that sponsors the event, The Friends of Historic Vineland, and act as an overall event coordinator. We host about 45 historical exhibits of local and Civil War history since Vineland was founded in 1861 at the outset of the Civil War.

Our opening ceremonies include a memorial salute to veterans and war dead. Our Civil War re-enactors who join us each year march onto the field with the colors.

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After the singing of the National Anthem, the chaplain of the corps offers a few thoughts on the sacrifices of American soldiers before the piper plays a stirring Amazing Grace.

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The command is given for three volleys of a gun salute using Civil War era rifles. Then, the somber playing of Taps – also a tune written at the time of the Civil War.

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This weekend, I honor my father and grandfather – WWII and WWI veterans, respectively.

Michael Jordan, USN, served on the USS Hermitage

Michael Jordan, USN, served on the USS Hermitage

Matthew Jordan, US Army Bugler

Our family will be participating in our town’s annual Memorial Day festivities at historic Landis Park on Monday. We’ll be continuing the traditions begun in the 1860’s, decorating the many war memorials honoring our hometown veterans and the the many soldiers who never returned to our hometown.

Blessings of Memorial Day and Remembrance to you . . .

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"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.

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