Happy Memorial Day 2010

Three of us together
We hold our Flag up high
With love and honor always
As colors fill the sky

We pause here for a moment
So each of you will know
Were perfectly united
We love our country so

Each one of us give tribute
For freedom that does reign
In every part of county
Allegiance all the same

Me and my two companions
No matter where we go
Thankful for our freedom
With honor now we show

So join us in this moment
To honor what is best
America United
In God we Trust so blest.

~Poem by Francine Pucillo~

Within the book of heroes
These names shall all stand out
With love for God and Country
For them there was no doubt

For courage born inside them
Was paved along their way
Each one throughlife we honor
Within our hearts will stay

They walk the fields of glory
In finest of God's glow
Upon our lives a shadow
Forever we shall know

For courage in an instant
Will live on endlessly
For every solider marching
Their steps heard constantly

To God and Man the glory
Of every shining Light
That brought to us a victory
With most courageous fight

Their names in life be written
For heroes came our way
Upon the soil of foreign fields
Their thunder heard each day.



Meowmie Aurora and Regal Baby Simba below:
Shy Angel Lady on the left and sweet Angel Buster on the right

Happy Memorial Day from all of us!


History of Memorial Day

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. It began during the Civil War when organized women's groups in several towns throughout the South decorated the graves of the Confederate war dead with flowers, wreaths and flags. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5th, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. After the Civil war many people in the North and South decorated graves of fallen soldiers with flowers. In the Spring of 1866, Henry C. Welles, a druggist in the village of Waterloo, NY, suggested that the patriots who had died in the Civil War should be honored by decorating their graves. General John B. Murray, Seneca County Clerk, embraced the idea and a committee was formed to plan a day devoted to honoring the dead. Townspeople made wreaths, crosses and bouquets for each veteran's grave. The village was decorated with flags at half mast. On May 5 of that year, a processional was held to the town's cemeteries, led by veterans. The town observed this day of remembrance on May 5 of the following year as well.

Decoration Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed officially on May 30, 1868. The South did not observe Decoration Day, preferring to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I. In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day, and soldiers who had died in other wars were also honored.

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May. Today, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season in the United States. It is still a time to remember those who have passed on, whether in war or otherwise. It also is a time for families to get together for picnics, ball games, and other early summer activities.

Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The occasion is also marked in almost every State on the last Monday in May. Several southern states, however, have an additional, separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.


You bet your stripes we love you
You're loyal brave and true
Finest of all people
This flag is raised for you

Proud to see you standing
Hearts all filed with pride
Blending of all people
All nations born inside

American the beautiful
I'm always standing by
Waving flag of glory

Stars and stripes forever
what glory in this weave
Love is shining endlessly
Blessings we receive

Together as one people
we'll keep this nation strong
Hands all joing together
We always will belong

Keep the fire buring
That makes us so aware
The glory of this nation
Is freedome that we share.

~Poem by Francine Pucillo~

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