Tag Archives: Memorial Day

A Young Woman in Washington State Upholds the Legacy of Union Army Veterans in 1914

ECW welcomes back guest author Richard Heisler Ester Boyer was a schoolgirl just 15 years of age living in Washington State in 1914. Miss Boyer lived a bit northwest of Seattle in the small town of Coupeville, on Whidbey Island. She … Continue reading

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The Legacy of John A. Logan

by Hannah Roesch Tucked behind a white picket fence in the heart of Murphysboro, Illinois, sits a museum dedicated to one of the most colorful generals of the Civil War, John A. Logan. Since 1989 The General John A. Logan … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Memorial Day 2021 at the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center

For our readers in the Western Theater or those traveling to the region for Memorial Day Weekend, check out the special events at the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The events will be highlighting themes of … Continue reading

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“Those who say they would like to visit a battlefield seldom know what they are talking about…” A Letter from Private Erskine M. Church

This Memorial Day will be celebrated in many different ways than years past. The typical gatherings at monuments and cemeteries have given way to virtual remembrances of America’s fallen. Be it on Facebook, YouTube, or countless other streaming services, Americans … Continue reading

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The Origins of Memorial Day

Across the country there will be Memorial Day ceremonies today. I recently had the chance to visit two towns that claim the origins of Memorial Day.  Last September I was in upstate New York, near Waterloo. Reading up on the … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 5/27-6/2/19

It’s Memorial Day, and we’ve featured quite a few posts about the occasion and its history here on the blog and our social media. Which cemetery or burial ground is most meaningful to you to visit? Why?

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“Strew the fair garlands where slumber the dead”

I have always loved ephemera—those bits and pieces of printed paper, originally meant to have only short-term popularity. I particularly like old postcards from the end of the 19thcentury up through the 1920s. Commercial artists like Ellen Clapsaddle and lithographers … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Memorial Day and Preservation in Their Words

On Decoration Day in 1871, Frederick Douglass spoke these words to a large crowd at Arlington National Cemetery:  “We must never forget that the loyal soldiers who rest beneath this sod flung themselves between the nation and the nation’s destroyers … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Honor Those Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice By Preserving Their Legacies

Next week, Americans across the country will be honoring those who gave the ultimately sacrifice in the line of duty. Some place American flags at their heroes’ graves, host a BBQ, visit a history museum, or watch a sports game. … Continue reading

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The First Decoration Day

150 years ago today was the first Decoration Day, as proclaimed by John A. Logan and the Grand Army of the Republic. Other communities had started ceremonies of remembrance, but this became the major link in the chain that created … Continue reading

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