Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

And a happy Sunday to all! These two pinups are by Edward Reed, with a wee bit of help, and is in honor of Memorial Day weekend, which started not long after the Civil War

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). 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. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860’s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

I debated long about posting the two, yet, the Civil War was about freedom of the People and of States vs the power of the Federal Government, not just about slavery. Therefore, as Memorial Day is about honoring the dead from both sides, it is only proper to post both.

So, what is happening out there?

Finally, a poem

Remember rockets red glare
bombs bursting in air
gave threw the night that our flag is still there.

Our forefathers reminder of a price to be paid and responsibility to inherit the United States.
Rockets red glare bombs bursting in air
Words fallen on ears unwilling to hear.
deaf no more we all know now the price of freedom the price of war.

Freeborn children listen and see a new generation paying for you and me
Don’t be so blind or so deaf to the sights and sounds Americans have left,
Let freedom scream in our ears and minds never forget those left behind.
Freeborn children stand tall and see! does the banner old glory yet wave for thee

God bless America.

Forget Me Not, by Bill Chance (2001) 

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7 Responses to “Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup”

  1. Janette says:

    Great salute Teach! Thanks for including me.

  2. darthcrUSAderworldtour2007 says:

    “Death Star II, ATTENTION! Execute TAPS”:
    Day is done… gone the sun… from the lake, from the hill, from the sky…
    All is well, safely rest… God is nigh.
    ( Union Captain Robert Ellicombe, 1862, Harrison’s Landing, Virginia )

  3. darthcrUSAderworldtour2007 says:

    PS Blackbeard: Frau Vader is from Germany and her parent’s side fought for the German Army in WW I and WW II. They were in the German Army and Navy, not the Waffen SS nor Gestapo. Our second home is in the Palmetto State and I’ll admit that GRAY is a proud color and nothing to be ashamed of. The blue staters can’t stand the fact that Miss America and USA 99.99% of the time hail from a RED STATE. Happy Memorial Day weekend and GOD bless the airman and troops in Harm’s Way – past & present! Freedom isn’t free and thank-you for your blog and patriotism sir.

  4. beth says:

    It’s difficult for us Southerners in that sense, isn’t it! I always heard that Southerners started Memorial Day. I think if people knew/thought that there would probably be an outcry to quit celebrating it.

    Well, the South lost so the history of it is written from the Northern point of view.

    Thanks for including me in your round-up 🙂

  5. beth says:

    BTW – do you realize that whenever I see a pin-up on the internet now I think of you!! I saw one the other day and found myself wondering if you had that one!! That’s pitiful!! lol

  6. Memorial Day Round-Up…

    In honor and memory of those who have given all in service to our country….

  7. Janette, happy to include you!

    Darth, thank you!

    Beth, thank you too, and, get this: one of the Pinup painters, Baron Von Lind, actually left a message on one of the posts which had one of his pinups. Have been conversing a bit through email. Pretty cool, eh!

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