Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Vintage Thingies Thursday: Memorial Day

With the Memorial Day weekend upon us, I thought some patriotic images might be appropriate for Vintage Thingies Thursday. I would never think to send a Memorial Day postcard myself, but a little souvenir card tucked into the corner of a mirror, or on the fridge with a magnet would be a nice reminder to be thankful for the men and women we have lost in battle.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I, when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war. It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead. This information is from U.S. Memorial Day History, a site with poems, prayers, speeches, and ideas for ways to observe.
In 2000, Congress passed a resolution creating a National Moment of Remembrance, which asks that at 3:00 PM local time, all Americans "voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps".
Enjoy the holiday weekend with your family, after you check in with the Vintage Thingies Thursday participants at ColoradoLady!

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33 comments:

LV said...

Thank you for a nice vintage tribute to or armed forces. Great idea.

Grannys Attic said...

That was so very sweet of you to post about Memorial Day and our armed forces. Have a blessed and safe weekend, Vicky

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Thank you for such a lovely Memorial Day tribute. We sometimes need to be reminded to stop and give thanks for the sacrifices of others that we can take for granted day to day!
Hugz,
Kim

Postcardy said...

Interesting post. I didn't know Memorial Day started so long ago. Also I was surprised by the statement that Memorial Day is observed in almost every state--not all?

Coloradolady said...

Really great post...funny thing is, I always thought of this holiday as a remembrance of the armed forces, but you know what? My husbands family SERIOUSLY always put the focus on going to the cemetery and placing flowers on a loved ones grave, and not for service members...I always thought that was the strangest thing I had ever heard of, but never said anything....loved this!!! At least it confirmed I am not crazy.

Jeanne Selep said...

I enjoy the vintage cards. Mostly I have Valentines and Easter and Christmas.

jeanneselep.blogspot.com

Ann said...

The graphics on the cards are all so bright and fun! Thanks also for the history lesson.:)
I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

Brambleberry Cottage said...

The postcards are wonderful! And, I loved the history lesson.

Please stop by my cottage and take a peek at the details for the three linky parties I'm starting up the first week of June.

Have a terrific Memorial weekend!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

concretenprimroses said...

Good post. I like the nice old graphics and the information.
I was wandering around your blog and found the post about blue houses. So pretty. I wish we had a blue house in our neighborhood. Everyone has been painting their houses beige. Mine is green. I'ma bit tired of beige. Wonder why no one chooses blue?
Kathy

P. said...

Those are such nice postcard images, and I appreciate the information on Memorial Day. Good reminder of what it's all about.

Sarah said...

Hey, thanks for that great educational post! I didn't know any of those things about Memorial Day! Hope you have a great VTT!

Sarah

Ulla said...

There is always something new to learn! Thank you for this post.

Liz said...

Wonderful information and darling vintage postcards...I hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day!

~Liz

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Great post! Thank you and Happy Memorial Day!
*hugs*deb

AshTreeCottage said...

Lovely cards! We all should remember the fine men and women who lost their lives for our freedom. We get so wrapped up in barbeques and picnics that we need to be reminded of the true importance of this day. A great VTT post!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

ewenique said...

Thanks for remembering our servicemen. I laughed when i read Suzanne's post, because when I married my husband 3 1/2 years ago, the first Memorial Day, he told me we had to take flowers to all the relatives graves, back for generations since his 95 year old father is still alive. Curious how family customs come about!

Tara Beaulieu said...

Great post! I always love the history lessons I get when I visit. I never knew Memorial Day has been celebrated for almost 150 years. Happy Memorial Day to you and Happy VTT as well!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

GREAT post and I LOVE the postcards :)

Blessings!
Gail

Michelle said...

Fascinating! I never realized there had been Memorial Day cards. Thank you for the interesting history lesson too.

NancyC said...

Very interestin--a perfect Memorial Day post!

Miri said...

Wonderful Memorial Day post! Beautiful cards!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Lovely Memorial Day tribute and wonderful vintage images!

Happy VTT,
Sally

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Thanks for this informative and patriotic post. A very nice tribute for Memorial Day. Happy VTT and have a great Memorial Day Weekend.

CC said...

I loved the history of Memorial Day and still today, a lot of the older folks I know,still call it Decoration Day....and in several small towns..they will still have cemetery working days when all the graves will be cleaned off and new flowers planted and arrangements brought.. Happy VTT..have a lovely weekend.

Serendipity Handmade said...

Great post Elizabeth. I had no idea it started out as Decoration Day.

Happy VTT!

Beth said...

What a wonderful post!

storybeader said...

love the vintage cards!

penny patten said...

A nice tribute, and the vintage cards are great, have a good weekend.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Thanks for the info :) It is important to remember the real reason we are celebrating this weekend!

Splendid Little Stars said...

love the vintage images. great history information as well. My daughter, who played trumpet in school, played taps during a couple Memorial Day services.

NICO Designs said...

The vintage cards are beautiful but then I am partial to them.
Since we are in town with a large veterans hospital we get to see neat things this time of year.

Anitra Cameron said...

Vintage cards have such charm. I appreciate the history, too--did not know those things!

Lisa said...

Such beautiful drawings of the America flag.