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Memorial Day

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Memorial Day was created to honor fallen soldiers of the Civil War-and was originally called Decoration Day. John L. Logan is largely responsible for organizing the day, and in 1868 declared:

The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

As time-and wars-went by-people began honoring all fallen soldiers on the day-no matter when or how they had served their country. In 1971 Congress officially declared Memorial Day to be an official holiday occurring on the last Monday in May-to honor all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice serving in the Armed Forces of The United States of America.

This week’s Pickin’ & Grinnin’ In The Kitchen Spot is dedicated to all fallen soldiers.

Hope you enjoyed the song-hope you enjoy this Memorial Day Weekend-and I hope you give thought to those who’ve fought and died for our freedom.



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    Carolyn A.
    May 26, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Tipper, I adored the picture you shared. Pap and Paul made me cry with the song, remembering all those who gave their lives to keep us free. xxoo

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    May 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I always love to hear Mr. Wilson and Paul play and sing.

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    May 26, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Wonderful song. It is one I’d never heard, and I really like it!

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    May 25, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks for your visits, friend. God bless.

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    May 25, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    thank you, Tipper. We’ve always went to our cemeteries on Memorial Day. We honor all our family members,not just the military. This country owes everything to our military and we should honor them every day.

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    Jennifer in OR
    May 25, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks for the history and song! Many rich blessings to you and yours this Memorial Day.

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    May 25, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks for the great Memorial Day post and the lovely song in dedication. I didn’t realize that Memorial Day wasn’t an official holiday until 1971!

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    petra michelle
    May 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    A beautiful tribute, Tipper! Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend! :))

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    May 25, 2009 at 11:36 am

    What a wonderful trubute and I love the song! Blessings,Kathleen

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    May 25, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Thank you for this post, it was well done. I truly do love that video and the music on your blog in general. Now that is what I grew up with.
    God Bless & God Bless America,

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    May 25, 2009 at 12:12 am

    may God bless you and the USA

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    May 24, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Happy Memorial Day. I loved the history you posted.
    Going now to read the Civil War Letters post below.

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    May 24, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Fitting tribute by Pap and Paul and you, Tipper.
    In remembrance of those who gave it all. Happy Memorial Day to you all, too.

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    May 24, 2009 at 10:57 am

    This can be a heart wrenching weekend if we take the time to really celebrate what it is all about; heart wrenching and full of gratitude.

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    Miss Cindy
    May 24, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Great song for Memorial Day and as always Pap and Paul do a good job.
    I hold all our soldiers in high honor, both past and present! The fine men who protect us deserve that honor both past and present!
    Thanks for the song and the reminder.

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    May 24, 2009 at 7:29 am

    ahh thank you for this tipper-i have always wondered, when reading books set in your country, what memorial day was.

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    Fishing Guy
    May 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Tipper: Nice post about a special day of remembrance. Pap And Paul did a neat work on the compelling song.

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    May 23, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    That is a lovely tribute. Thank you so much. God bless.

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    Helen G.
    May 23, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Thank you, Tipper, for this post. We all need to remember, all those who have fought to protect our liberty.

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