Tag Archives: Memorial Day

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

Posted in Civilian, Holidays, Memory | Tagged | 7 Comments

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?

Posted in Question of the Week | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

“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

Posted in Holidays, Material Culture, Memory | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Preservation | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Preservation | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Memory, Monuments | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Memorial Day in Rural Maine

The trip up to Greenbush, Maine, along U.S. Route 2 parallels the east bank of the Penobscot River. The river in places gets to be half a mile or more from the road, and in other places, it’s right along … Continue reading

Posted in Common Soldier, Holidays, Memory | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Question of the Week: 5/28-6/3/18

It’s Memorial Day. We think it’s important to remember the “common soldiers” who perished during the Civil War. In your opinion, is there a particular Civil War soldier we should remember today? Tell us about him (briefly) and why this soldier … Continue reading

Posted in Common Soldier, Question of the Week | Tagged , , | 11 Comments

2018 Memorial Day Weekend

Wishing you a safe Memorial Day Weekend and a quiet moment to remember history and the sacrifice for freedom.

Posted in Holidays | Tagged | 2 Comments

“The Forlorn Hope”

by Andrew Miller As Memorial Day weekend approaches, I cannot help but reflect about the great sacrifices our men and women have made for our great country. Like many of the followers of Emerging Civil War, the great contest for … Continue reading

Posted in Battles, Memory, Sieges | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments