Memorial Day and Metal

wasting flowers

After the bloodiest and most divisive war in American history, Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic instituted the holiday at Arlington Cemetery in 1868 “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 churchyard in the land.”

Photo and excerpt are from AT…

It seems that this holiday was put together so that there was a day off for people to reflect on the lost in battle and to gather themselves after the stress of spring and prepare for the summer days. 

I don’t know who we’re kidding. Celebrations of anything that has happened over 25 years before ones life and don’t involve some sort of mandatory gift giving, are easily forgotten. At this point, Memorial Day is basically is the kick off of summer. 

So Happy Summer! 

I don’t think anyone knows how to celebrate the re-welcoming of nature better than these dudes:

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6 Responses to “Memorial Day and Metal”

  1. tommyrocket Says:

    maybe the charring and grilling of ground meat is some manner of symbolism lost on us over the years.

    today i celebrated by thinking of all the people i’ve lost in recent years, getting really depressed and taking a nap. now i plan on listening to a lot of manowar and amon amarth…and doing laundry!

  2. Booth83 Says:

    To alot of people it’s just a day off and thats all they care about.

  3. omi Says:

    http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/05/memorial_day_2009.html

  4. :: smo :: Says:

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