In honor of Memorial Day, I’m taking a break from Local Politics to focus on things that matter more than Political Cat Fights, and Smarmy Politicians.
MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY IN LIVINGSTON
The Livingston/Delhi Veterans of Foreign Wars #8327 and their Ladies Auxiliary will hosting their Annual Memorial Day Ceremony in the Livingston Memorial Park, located on the corner of Park and Main Streets in Livingston.
The ceremony will take place on the Observed Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th at 5:00 pm.
Immediately following the ceremony, refreshments will be served at the Veterans Memorial Building on the corner of 7th and Peach Streets.
If you have any questions, contact Denis Wells. (209) 394-2059.
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. Read more from USMemorialday.org by clicking HERE