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Friday, May 28, 2010


Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:

Once again, the Memorial Day weekend is upon us.

I refuse to observe the Monday holiday, and steadfastly cling to the traditional observance on the Thirtieth of May.

Also, I think it's downright sacrilegious to "celebrate" Memorial Day with parties, banquets, pageantry, and public performances.

If we want to honor our living veterans, then we have other days of the year that are more appropriate, such as Armed Forces Day, the United States Army Birthday, and of course, Veterans Day.

But, Memorial Day is supposed to be a solemn military observance reserved solely for honoring our military dead.

Similarly, Memorial Day is not the proper time for families to be decorating the graves of their kin who did not serve in our military forces.

There are three hundred and sixty-four other days that families can do that.

Please, let's return to the traditional solemn military observance of Memorial Day on the Thirtieth of May.

Furthermore, let's remember the historic origins of Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day.

It began as a Southern custom, maintaining the graves of Confederate war dead, which when witnessed by Northerners, was plagiarized by General John A. Logan in 1868.

Thank you.

May God bless these United States of America.

John Robert Mallernee
Official Bard of Clan Henderson
Armed Forces Retirement Home
Washington, D.C. 20011-8400

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