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Memorial Day

Remember what it is actually about.

Decoration Day
Postcard from Decoration Day - the original title of what we call 'Memorial Day' today. Courtesy: flickr.com

(CLEVELAND) - As another Memorial Day dawns in America, many might wonder about the origin of this sacred day and why it came to be a widely observed national holiday.

It turns out that the holiday was originally called “Decoration Day” and it was tied to the hymn, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping,” by Nella L. Sweet, dedicated to Confederate War Dead.

That aside, this day in the minds of most Americans, is about remembering those who served this country in uniform, or is it? They know it, and they also know it means time off from work, family activities and sports on TV.

The real meaning of the day in its intended form, becomes a bit murky, and that is sad because American politics continue to generate War Dead and many believe it is not necessary, but it is factual, and the deaths are very real to the families who paid the ultimate price.

Please consider the selfless qualities of those willing to wear a uniform and do their nation's bidding. Their sacrifices are too immense to easily forget or dismiss.

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Memorial Day

220 MPH! Faster and faster around this oval track,
Is it ever possible the winner comes from the back?
Start to finish, the pole position does not guarantee,
That race machine first in line is assured a victory. Backyards across America gas & homemade grills,
Not just the Indy Brickyard will experience thrills,
Motors and sails alike adorning our deep blue seas,
The parade rally’s here and there, now the mystery. Was originally called, “Decoration Day” in keeping,
The hymn, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping,”
Nella L. Sweet, for dedication of Confederate Dead,
Oh, those soldiers and others are shaking their head. Many cities and towns throughout have laid claim,
They are the birthplace of the, “Memorial” name,
What’s sad is why heroes are only given one day,
When their life sacrifices are forever gone away. No, it is not about what or whom called it first,
Honor those who perished in battle not at birth,
The National Holiday Act of 1971 P.L. 90 - 363,
Auto dealerships buy a car get an oil change free. And just like Christmas, Easter & Thanksgiving,
It is less about the dead & more about the living,
How come soldiers everywhere still being denied?
Benefit rights and only praised after they’ve died. “Memorial Day” is mostly a 3-day weekend slogan,
Not the official May 5, 1868 by General John Logan,
“Hey! I’m off on Monday” & “Hooray! No School,”
Like everything else here it’s a commercialism tool. Hold it, several Southern states have added one more,
Honoring dead soldiers fighting the Confederate war,
And it was not mainly about slavery many had to die,
The South was getting rich North wanted half the pie. Oh! For sure, some veteran groups will carry our flag,
Won’t mean to today’s youth what it did to granddad,
“Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves,”
It should never be about coupons or $$$ to be saved. By Luke Easter

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Luke Easter is a poet who writes about things that are very close to the heart of Salem-News.com. Another former U.S. Marine, Luke heals the world with an approach that reaches people on a different level, one known for centuries, yet too often forgotten in the one we live in.

We live in a world of social & economic injustice. The main reason for founding America in the first place was to relieve the oppression of the King of England. Patrick Henry said it best, “give me liberty or give me death.” And yet, all too often death seems to be the only way out. Why is there such a high suicide rate especially among teens, in the land of the free & the home of the brave? What makes headlines? Good news? Ha! More depressing stories than anything else. I feel poetry takes an edge off the hurt of bad news while still delivering it but in a, “glitzy” sort of way. Giving a different perspective. Kind of like slap in the face as opposed to a knife in the back. At least with the slap you’ll live to see another day and you will know whom it’s from. I wasn’t here for the beginning of the world but at 59, I just might be here for the end.

Even though it’s still a knife, rhyme poetry helps to dull the blade. And that’s my job. You can write to Luke Easter at: lyricsfromlucas@aol.com




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Anonymous May 29, 2011 2:16 pm (Pacific time)

Iraq veterans talking about "drop weapons" whatcha think Tim??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SODTI_C1q_Qandfeature=email p.s. God Bless our military servicemen and women, just not sure about their "orders" they have to follow to stay alive. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SODTI_C1q_Qandfeature=email

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