Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day



Memorial Day began in 1865, not long after the War Between the States. It started out as “Decoration Day” and was a day to decorate the graves of those to whom we are indebted. 
Decoration Day was a day of general remembrance for deceased relatives without regard to whether they served in the military. 
May we pause today to also remember civilian men and women who served with courage and honor the causes of liberty and justice for all.
Wiki article on Memorial Day

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

and may we please re'member. This should never be asked by any of any. There's no reason. We haven't done anything. None of us...

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Anon, thanks for commenting. I'm not sure what your "this" refers to, but I would guess you mean military service. If, so, I agree. That said, I do think our lives call us to work for whatever cause feels most compelling to you. For some it may be liberty, for some justice, for some art, beauty, truth, love, etc.

steven said...

dan thanks for remembering those who worked for peace. i would wish that people also remembered those who conscientiously objected to war and were humiliated and despised for their brave stance. peace. steven

Dan Gurney said...

steven, you're welcome. In this culture, it takes a great deal of courage to oppose war.

The war resister's courage is overlooked or denigrated rather than celebrated. The work of war resisters in every country help bring about peace in a more direct way than most of us realize. So do teachers, artists, healers, etc.

Reya Mellicker said...

I'm so glad you remember the peace makers as well as the soldiers. That is so right!

Is school over?
Are you playing your ukulele?
Riding your bike?

What else?

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Reya,

God, we were commenting on each other's blogs simultaneously!!

School's out tomorrow. I'm crazy busy until the middle of next week. Also very happy. This is such a sweet, sweet time of year for me. Saying goodbye to my five year old friends is also a little bit sad. Happy sad.