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Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial

"If other eyes grow dull, 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 to us.

"Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; 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 a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan."

- General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

Here are two rich discourses by Oliver Wendell Holmes, well worth reading today, and remembering for days and months to come.
1895: The Soldier’s Faith

1884: In Our Youth Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire

Memorial Day history and information.

Ed Partridge's notes on how to display our flag.

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