Friday, May 22, 2020

Memorial Day Birthday

"Memorial Day 
honors those who have died 
while in military service.
The first national celebration 
of Memorial Day 
(originally Decoration Day) 
took place 
May 30, 1868
at Arlington National Cemetery."
Therefore, my birthday 
always fell on the holiday
when I was growing up.
I was a May 30th, 
All American,
Gemini Gal...
I couldn't celebrate without
the Red, White and Blue
colors dotting the landscape
and my clothing...
as I danced among the graves,
of loved ones that had passed...
while laying flowers and wreathes
at their head and feet.
"But in 1968 
Congress passed the
Uniform Monday Holiday Act, 
which established Memorial Day 
as the last Monday in May,
in order to create 
a three-day weekend 
for federal employees; 
the change went into effect in 1971."
So my birthday no longer 
was celebrated on Memorial Day.
It was a hard pill to swallow
because they had always gone
hand in hand
and then suddenly, they didn't. 

set aside time
to pause and remember 

"The brave die never,
 though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves 
a thousand living men." 
 "With the tears a Land hath shed. 
Their graves should ever be green."


Mevely317 said...

I love how, at the same time, you were able to celebrate your birthday and honor America's fallen. Sadly, I don't recall my family participating in any particular Memorial Day observances. Nevertheless, I'm enormously beholden to all who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Happy early birthday!

Practical Parsimony said...

Well, I had someone tell me that Memorial Day was not a patriotic holiday. I knew better. It's too bad they took if away from your birthday. You can still celebrate in red, white, and blue.

Happy Birthday!

Jon said...

I've always preferred the original May 30th date - and it infuriates me when Big Brother keeps changing holidays around to ensure three-day weekends.

I hope you have a very pleasant upcoming birthday - filled with golden memories and positive things.

Perhaps you could celebrate your B Day on BOTH days - the 25th and the 30th.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I have a nephew who has a 30th birthday too and when I think of him I always think of Memorial Day. It was hard adjusting to the Monday holiday but now it seems normal. Things are always changing it seems and adapt to new normals all the time. Happy eery birthday! Hope you hagar a red white and blue day as always !

jack69 said...

What a sweet post with two bitter edges. I know it must have hurt when the date was changed, I never liked that personally. But we will join you to celebrate on YOUR DAY!
This is a sweet memorial to the ones past in uniform. YES they are heroes and I loved the ending tribute how true.
We do enjoy the great gift of freedom due to dedicated warriors.
Thanks TT you done good,
Sherry & jack

Red Rose Alley said...

The first Memorial Day celebrated was 1868, Wow, it goes back so far. I learned something today. What a nice memory you have going to cemetery dancing around as it was your birthday as well.

Happy Memorial Day, Taryterre. And Happy Birthday too! I will always remember that mine and your birthdays are very close to each other. Have a restful weekend.


Red Rose Alley said...

ps.....I love those vintage photos. : )

Susie said...

Happy Birthday little red-white- and blue girl. :) Thank you for this tribute to those who gave so much. Blessings, xoxo, Susie