Eulogy for a Veteran
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.
Photo: from History.com, Burial at Sea – 1944
Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the American Civil War (1861-1865). The holiday now honors those who died in any war while serving with the United States. It is also called Decoration Day.
dievca has two European friends who’s families have memories of American Paratroopers and a shot down plane crew coming down in their yards during WWII. One in the Netherlands and one in Italy. The families still think of those soldiers – especially the Italian family because of the simple sharing of chewing gum.
What happened to the silk, nylon, and canvas from those contraptions that helped people fall from the sky?
It was repurposed and became shrouds, slings, bandages, hammocks, undergarments, Wedding dresses, purses, clothing, quilts – anything and everything in a needy time at a needy place.
Here’s the glamourous:
Thank you to Katie Sanders from Business Insider.
Happy Memorial Day!
Happy Decoration Day.
All Gave Some, Some Gave All.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day because to honor the deceased soldiers people would decorate their graves with flowers and flags.
dievca wonders who decorates the graves in Normandy…
Staff at Normandy American Cemetery is actively involved in the preparations for the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings Ceremony of June 6.
So, its the staff who decorates….
All dievca knows is she saw the beach where the troops got decimated and her fertile imagination went wild. June 6th will involve a prayer from dievca for the blood bath. It made the message of this Westside Hwy NYC billboard hit home.
And don’t forget — its unofficially the 1st Day of Summer. Time to wear white!
Photos: dievca - Normandy, France 08/2018 and Westside Hwy NYC 05/2019
Wearing bright white between Memorial Day and Labor Day isn’t a hard and fast rule…but people still follow the dictate, albeit – casually. The Summer months in the northern parts of the World tend to run from the end of May to the beginning of September. With the sun and heat, white cloth reflects light and cotton is lighter and easier to wear during the Summer months. Sun and heat = less messy weather = less mud = lighter weight fabrics like linen, etc.
Now, if you are living in the southern United States, you might be more interested in wearing a white suit, maybe year-round or on tropical Holidays. A statement made by Mark Twain, FDR, Truman, Hemingway, etc.
Dr. Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, is quoted all over the web saying, “in the late 19th century and the 1950s, more people were entering the middle classes. These nouveau-riche folks were often unaware of the standards of high society, so they were given specific codified rules to follow in order to fit in.” One of these rules was the wearing white between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
So, what is white in your closet? Are you pulling those pieces out for Summer?
Sitting in planes, cabs, cars, subways, gets really old. And because dievca is getting older …. she gets really stiff (so does Master – you should see Him using His stretching strap).
dievca is taking her time on the Monday Holiday to start getting limber, again. The last she stretched daily was in Greece. Sigh.
Life does get in the way doesn’t it?
Happy Memorial Day and don’t forget to stretch.