Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

We've had a laid back day of not doing much. I was up at 0600 at spent some time doing exercises while Jim and Boo slept in.

After breakfast I'm not sure what we did! I know I spent time reading magazines and watching the French Open for a bit. I planted some seeds and hopefully I'll have some mesclun and parsley and basil coming up soon.

For dinner I fixed some spaghetti with garlic bread. We shared this with Anne and Scotty and after dinner the resident peacock came by!

Anne was able to get this picture with her phone. He seemed to know we wanted pictures.

The peacock wandered over behind our rig and Jim grabbed his camera and got the rest of these pictures. Apparently the dude doesn't mind people!

After lunch Jim went for a ride on his trike. He was gone quite a long time considering the terrain and the fact he hasn't ridden in awhile. He finally shared some pictures with me

the new rack which should hold the trikes better

Here it is! Not orange but yellow and there are a few different features

ready for travel

I hope you took time to remember those who have died in the service of our country. Without them our freedoms would be lost.

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.