Monday, May 31, 2021

Decoration Day

It's Decoration Day, or so it used to be called.

Starting after the Civil War, May 30th and now the last Monday in May was a time to decorate the graves of those who fell in this nation's greatest loss of life in War.  

This from the History Channel:

It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. And some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day commemorations was organized by a group of formerly enslaved people in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day.

Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance later that month. “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 Civil War soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor the dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars, including World War II, The Vietnam War, The Korean War and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 It was made a national holiday by Congress 50 years ago.  And you might not know this, but at three o' clock, there is a National Moment of Remembrance

Some of us might remember what was once a somber day where graves were decorated with flowers and not flags.  Now, we know the day for car racing, furniture sales and curiously enough, mattress sales. It mostly signifies the beginning of summer and the end of the school year.

But on the eve of this former sacred holiday, General Michael Flynn declared that an armed rebellion and a coup de etat is in order to reinstall his disgraced former president and to reinstate his now obliterated reputation as a sane former military general.

"I want to know why what happened in Myanmar can't happen here?" an attendee asked Flynn during a Q&A session at a conference called the "For God & Country Patriot Roundup" in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday.

"No reason. I mean, it should happen here," Flynn responded, to cheers from the crowd.

This has lead Eugene Vindman to say: "With these seditious remarks Comrade Flynn may have crossed the line for recall to active duty and court-martial. As a JAG I’m qualified and also happy to prosecute this case."

All through the country, the R's are on a full court press to make it harder to vote and to make the vote reversible by state legislatures and even the judiciary.  With no facts or even a scent of real evidence, 70 % of the Republican party believes that the election was somehow stolen, despite losing by 7 million votes. And because they elected a brand instead of a leader, they are now forced to buy his lie, if they wish to raise money with his name.  

For after all... Money is their brand. 

Republican party congressmen are now openly speaking of second amendment remedies to  their democratic defeats. A white minority that is flailing to keep the past and their power at all costs is a recipe for a grave retreat from reality and the blessings of tranquility that most of us enjoy.

And no decoration day will be able to cover up that folly.

As we move into the future where most of us are vaccinated, and life as we have known it begins to return, we must be wary of the winds of history and the rising of those who choose not to accept a democratic pluralistic global society

Soon, we will be presented with evidence that we are not alone.

And we will see what we will be.

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Blogger oZ said...

NOTE:According to the NYTs, DJT is now saying that he will be reinstated as POTUS in August. This is an invitation for violence that must be arrested.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sedition that you write about here dwarfs all other issues . Pearl Harbor was not a political issue and certainly the overthrow of our duly elected government is not a political issue and it is a far more dangerous threat to our county’s survival than the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor because we had a unanimous, whole hearted , ready to die to save our country, response to Pearl Harbor.. The current situation is more like another round of white supremacist eager for another civil war to keep people of color in their place and away from the ballot box.

It is not a change of subject to talk about how people come to believe what they believe and how people resist any information that challenges the cultural mental prison we live in. The new UFO news refashioned as UAPs is the kind of challenge to belief systems that I am talking about , I am not talking about alternate realities like the story that January 6th was just another ordinary day where tourist visited the capital .

Talk of UFOs may challenge our belief systems , but saying that the insurrection we saw broadcast live on TV didn’t happen is a challenge to our sanity and cannot be a starting point for dealing with Republicans in congress who believe that Donald Trump is president and in the same breath say Trump will be re-installed as president in August. There are a number of people who have abandoned reason saying they can’t explain how this it is possible, but if Trump said it, they believe it .These people are a greater danger to our freedom than any threat of armed aggression that we spend trillions to defend ourselves from, and these people should be dealt with accordingly.

Dan Crow

11:24 PM  

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