aka: Decoration Day

Memorial Day started out as Decoration Day, and while I’m blessed to say none of the military folks I hold dear have died while in service, it’s still a great time to give pause and thank those who do serve and have served. 

Arlington National Cemetery, courtesy of Wikipedia

Oh – and a little bit of a history lesson here…  Y’all do know that Arlington was the family homeplace of Mary Anna Randolph Custis and SHE inherited it from her father just a few years before the Civil War began?  It was seized during the war, and the General and his wife never challenged for the return of their home, as the General believed it would be too devisive.  However, upon RE Lee’s death, their eldest son did, and the short version is he won, and then sold it to the US Government, and… that’s the rest of the story.

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10 comments on “aka: Decoration Day

  1. Sue says:

    I didn’t know that about Arlington. Thanks for the history lesson.

  2. gMarie says:

    I love that you always know the background. I bought a flag from a very old veteran yesterday. He was so very sad.

    Thank you for the lovely photo. g

  3. kathy b says:

    i love the short version and i love learning that way! Thanks CHAN

  4. Amy says:

    Oh yes, I know that story well.:-)

    Did you also know that, in order to piss off The General’s wife, the Union army started burying dead soldiers in her rose garden?

  5. Thanks for the history lesson!

  6. Sue hansen says:

    Today in Florida my mom and step father went out to lunch And…. A young main in his 20’s saw his hat from WWII And…. Then shook his hand and left money on the table for their lunch!! Just thought I would share something nice too! And yes your story is very correct and she also hated the idea of living in Richmond!

  7. Terrie says:

    I didn’t know that about Arlington, thanks for the history! I hope you had a good weekend!

  8. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the lesson in history. Interesting. Hope you had a nice weekend.

  9. Bubblesknits says:

    Huh. I didn’t know that part. Interesting.

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