"Let us then, in the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains
and garland the passionless mounds above them
with choicest flowers of springtime;
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 the Nation's gratitude
Excerpt from General Order No. 11
Headquarters, Grand Army of the Republic,
May 5, 1868
|Statue at Boalsburg, Pa., commemorating the town as the first to celebrate|
We are fortunate . . . for, in our family, all of those who fought, in every war
from The Revolutionary War through Viet Nam came home.
Today, we honor those who did not!