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"Soldier, rest! The warfare o'er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking.
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking."
~ Sir Walter Scott ~


~Memorial Day History~

Memorial Day originated in 1868, when Union General John A. Logan,
by General Order No.11, designated a day in which the graves
of Civil War soldiers would be decorated.
Known as Decoration Day, the holiday was changed
to Memorial Day within twenty years,
becoming a holiday dedicated to the memory of all war dead.
It became a federal holiday in 1971,
and is now observed on the last Monday in May.

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The bugle has sounded
Its notes drift away.
This time now belongs to you.
On this day for one brief moment
Hear the silence fill the air.

Think of those, who walked beside us;
Now no longer there.

Then, donít cry, but hear their laughter
For their spirit lives inside,

Let the mystic stream of memíry
Fill our hearts with pride!

Make us humble,
Make us knowing,
And reflect on what is done

On this day
For now, forever
Make this nation one!

On this day,
For all the fallen,
Make this nation one!

Music and lyric by Charles Strouse
© 2003 Charles Strouse Publications

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Remember Memorial Day
by Jim Rolfes
Commander Legion Post 241, LeMars, Iowa

I am a veteran laid under the sod.
I'm in good company, I'm up here with God.
Come to my grave and visit with me,
I gave my life so you could be free.

Today is Memorial Day throughout this great land,
There's Avenue of Flags, parades and bands.
I can hear music, the firing squad and taps.
Here come my comrades, the Legionnaires, the Bluecaps.

One of them just put a flag by my stone,
Some day he'll have one of his own.
They say they have plans, other things to do,
Don't put us aside as you would an old shoe.

Come visit my grave in this cemetery so clean,
This is what Memorial Day means.
There are many of us lying in wakeless sleep,
In cemeteries of green and oceans so deep.

It's sad that for many who fought so brave,
Now no one comes to visit their grave,
They died so you could have one whole year free,
Now can't you save this one day for me?

There are soldiers, sailors, airmen up here,
Who went into battle in spite of their fear.
I have been talking up here to all of those men,
If they had to do it over, they'd do it again.

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