The gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery
Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
The holiday, originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.
By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Hampton Park Race Course in Charleston; at least 257 Union prisoners died there and were hastily buried in unmarked graves.
Together with teachers and missionaries, black residents of Charleston organized a May Day ceremony in 1865, which was covered by national papers. The freedmen cleaned up and landscaped the burial ground, building an enclosure and an arch labeled “Martyrs of the Race Course”. Nearly 10,000 people, mostly freedmen, gathered on May 1 to commemorate the war dead.
Honor Thy Temple
The Foundation for Being Extraordinary
This one is for all you teachers out there, but it may do some parents good to think about this.
Getting Along with Others
If you want to change your life, you need to surround yourself with people who support your dreams. To attract these kinds of people, you need to support their dreams. Avoid those who are jealous of your efforts and successes.
Growth Keeps You Extraordinary
The Odds & Ends of Being Extraordinary
For all you ladies out there, it is ok to go with you heart, but please take your head along for the journey
Code of the Samurai
Translated by Thomas Cleary
Code of the Samurai is a four-hundred-year-old explication of the rules and expectations embodied in Bushido, the Japanese Way of the Warrior.
The Japanese original of this book, Bushido Shoshinshu, is one of the primary sources on the tenets of Bushido. This handbook, written after five hundred years of military rule in Japan, was composed to give practical and moral instruction for warriors, correcting wayward tendencies and outlining the personal, social, and professional standards of conduct characteristic of Bushido, the Japanese chivalric tradition.
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
Patton is a 1970 American epic biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II. It stars George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Michael Bates and Karl Michael Vogler.
Patton won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
The opening monologue, delivered by George C. Scott as General Patton with an enormous American flag behind him, remains an iconic and often quoted image in film.
The film was successful, and in 2003, Patton was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.
LAST WEEK’S POLL – Voting
Planning to vote in this year’s USA presidential election:
5% not eligible to vote in USA elections
THIS WEEK POLL – War
Please check all that apply
MUSIC OF THE WEEK
Last Week’s Music Poll
After watching last week’s video, “Walk Like an Egyptian” by The Bangles, I asked if you can walk like an Egyptian and the replies were:
17% can’t, but wish they could.
Strangely enough, I did an internet search and found a similar poll conducted in Egypt yielded about the same results.
by Edwin Starr
ART OF THE WEEK
Iwo Jima Memorial
The United States Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) is a national monument in Arlington, Virginia, United States. The war memorial is dedicated to all U.S. Marine Corps personnel who have died in the defense of the United States since 1775.
The memorial was inspired by the iconic 1945 photograph of six servicemen raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
Upon first seeing the photograph, sculptor Felix de Weldon created a maquette for a sculpture based on it in a single weekend. He and architect Horace W. Peaslee designed the memorial. Their proposal was presented to Congress. In 1947, a federal foundation was established to raise funds for the memorial. (Source: Wikipedia)
I was fortunate to see President Eisenhower, when he came to Detroit years ago.
Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American politician and general who served as the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961.
He was a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe. He was responsible for planning and supervising the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–43 and the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–45 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first Supreme Commander of NATO. (Source: Wikipedia)
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