Memorial Day was established to honor the fallen from the Civil War. Many towns lay claim to the fact that they were the first to have a Memorial Day for those soldiers but my favorite story is of the Southern ladies who laid flowers on the graves of fallen Yankee soldiers buried in the South.
After World War I, it was established that Memorial Day would be not just for Civil War soldiers but for all of those who died fighting in any War.
This poem by Monia Michael says so much:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on field where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
We, in Fort Scott, are proud to have a National Cemetery and we're even prouder that it is the first.
Not all who are buried here are fallen soldiers, but all who are buried here served their country and served it well.
The Avenue of Flags leading up to the cemetery tugs at your heart. The placing of the flags is a labor of love for our local VFW Chapter. It makes the cemetery seem even more special on this, the day that we honor our soldiers who fought so gallantly for that flag.
A day to remember and a day to be grateful to all who have and do serve. Thank you Martha
Martha-I remember a time when we all wore poppies on Memorial Day thanks to Monia Michael. I grew up where a very famous Civil War battle took place. The cemetary is beautiful and haunting. Thanks for a lovely post.
All the flags at our national cemetery are a somber and moving site to be sure. Your tribute is lovely, Martha. This is a special day to give thanks for all who fight so bravely to keep us safe.
A very fine tribute, Martha.
Have a nice day.
That is a great post! I hope you have a good Memorial Day.....Julian
Lovely post Martha. I didn't realize this holiday started to honor the Civil War fallen soldiers. I do remember paper poppies being handed out way back when. Thank you for the education and this post honoring the people who gave all.
My wonderful husband and I have toured Fort Scott and the FIRST National Cemetery! You have a lovely town. You wrote a nice post for Memorial Day.
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