HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868
The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land.
We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders.
Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.
|Grave of Civil War Veteran, Daniel Wiles|
Please thank the veterans in your life, today, for the sacrifices they have made.
Poppy, World War I
Today we give a most hearty thanks for the service of our husbands, cousins, uncles, father and grandfathers in the Armed Forces. During World War II, our father, his two brothers, his brother-in-law and several beloved cousins were in the Armed Forces. We often wonder how this close-knit farming community coped. Day-to-day work on the farm had to be very difficult with a whole generation gone off to war. We imagine our Grandmother Lena placing service stars in the windows of the farm house; imagine both she and Poppy Ray growing older with worry…Please thank the veterans for the sacrifices they and their families have made. Say Thank You to the veterans in your life today!