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05-29-2017, 11:04 AM
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 of 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 order of

Adjutant General

amish rob
05-29-2017, 11:11 AM
I sincerely hope we never add any more names to the list of remembered.

Probably every citizen of the US should read the Gettysburg Address today.


Ian McColgin
05-29-2017, 11:20 AM
Gen. Logan's "Decoration Day" proclamation always seemed a bit after the fact and one sided compared to the three years earlier local southern memorial days where the dead of both sides were memorialized. Logan's ungracious bit just pushed southerners to call theirs "Confederate Memorial (or Decoration) day.

Ted Hoppe
05-29-2017, 11:29 AM
The GAR ribbon still bends and creased our very old family bible. The men and boys fought along with Grant and Logan at Ft, Donelson & Vicksburg. One served 2 years in Andersonville while other who were "luckier" were at Gettysburg. True Republicans from Pennsylvania who loved their state and had compassion to free the colored race from bondage. My Grandfather was so influenced by these kind and old men that he was the first to sign up at 16 for the great war in 1916 (2 years before he escorted them to Gettysburg for the big 1913 reunion).



Ian McColgin
05-29-2017, 11:42 AM
But it was horrible even for the winners. One of my ancestors who commanded an Illinois cavalry regiment, fought heroically and all, tried not to talk about the war and when he wrote his memoire wrote as if they pretty much did nothing but ride around and denied the heroism the record revealed. Little wonder that after our Civil War drug addiction and drunkenness were a generational problem on a scale we have never seen before or since.

We have too much war now. Memorial Day is a good occasion to rededicate ourselves to understanding why it is so terribly wrong, even when it's "right".

amish rob
05-29-2017, 11:56 AM

05-29-2017, 11:58 AM
Dad Brag:

Son Brendan sat with the Town Fathers today and read a portion of the Honor Roll. The town asks senior high school students that are pursuing a military career to do the honors. Brendan will be a cadet at Norwich University next fall. The two young ladies with him will be attending the Naval Academy and joining the Navy, respectively.

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Jim Bow
05-29-2017, 12:17 PM
S/Sgt. Louis Miori
12th Inf Regt
4th Inf Div
KIA Aug 1, 1944
Villedieux, France

He was a laborer on the first Lk Wa floating bridge.