Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th 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 churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).
It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee. – Source: http://www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=2
In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act adds the flying of the POW-MIA flag on all Federal and U.S. Military Installations on Memorial Day. The POW-MIA flag is to be half-staffed until noon along with the National flag.
Other traditional observances included wearing red poppies, visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes, and visiting memorials.
Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years and many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of the day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored or neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades.
There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 1950s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.
To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3 p.m. local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.” Source: http://www.usmemorialday.org/?page_id=35
“OUR DEBT TO THE HEROIC MEN AND VALIANT WOMEN IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY CAN NEVER BE REPAID. THEY HAVE EARNED OUR UNDYING GRATITUDE. AMERICA WILL NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES.” – PRESIDENT HARRY S. TRUMAN
Bostonglobe.com – What follows is a list of the major programs, agencies, and initiatives that President Donald Trump’s budget proposal calls for eliminating funding for entirely, and how much those cuts are estimated to save.
In many cases, the proposal calls for ending these efforts because the Trump administration believes they are wasteful, outdated, duplicative, their impact is unproven, or they handle matters that should be funded by states or private sources.
Some of the cuts below are similar to ones outlined in a previous, less-detailed budget proposal the administration released in March.
That previous blueprint only included proposals related to what’s known as discretionary spending, the portion of the federal budget that Congress must approve every year by passing specific spending legislation.
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Click here to read the following Interview on Pre-Existing Conditions, In Studio with WWNC Radio, Visit to Madison High School, Visit to West McDowell Middle School and Foothills Community School, Stopping by JD’s for Lunch and lots of other info in this newsletter.
FreedomWorks hosting that fiery conservative talk show host and writer and star of the award winning documentary, Runaway Slave … Rev. CL Bryant.
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Where: The Chariot, 715 N Church St, Hendersonville, NC 28792 on Wednesday, June 28th from 11:30 AM – 2:30PM.
Topic: Regulatory Reform
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Meet and Greet at 11:30AM. Lunch at Noon.
CL is a very special person who is a crucial voice to the conservative movement. Regulatory reform is critical to free market health. As activists, we must assure DC gets it right. Please join us.
The Voter ID issue is far from over. The NC Legislature felt certain that our appeal to the US Supreme Court would yield us our desired outcome. Only a few days ago, and for reasons they state has nothing to do with the merits of our case- they have decided to not hear our arguments. We are confident that the reasons were related to confusion brought on by the illegal attempt by Governor Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein to go behind the backs of the Legislators to have the case dismissed.
The other Senate Republicans and I fully intend to pass legislation that will ensure that voters are eligible to vote and that they are in fact who they say they are. We have now enlisted a group of attorneys to dissect our previously unfavorable ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and to give us some recommendations on our next move. I know that may people want us to rush to action. However, due to the inevitable challenge of our next piece of legislation, our probable loss to our own state Supreme Court, and our continued losses to the Fourth Circuit, we must be very calculated with our next action.
Some will rightfully argue that other states have voter ID laws in place. Many of those states, however, are under jurisdictions other than the Fourth Circuit and therefore are not under the same level of scrutiny as are we. I believe it is important for all Republicans to recognize the makeup of the judges in the Fourth Circuit (see below) and realize that while we disagree with many of their rulings and believe that they often tend to make law from their benches- it is the reality that we currently face. This situation requires us to take a more careful and thoughtful approach instead of hasty actions that might limit our options in the future.
I have been asked to participate in a work group tasked with developing our future strategy. Our first meeting is later today. I will keep you posted on regarding relevant developments.
The current 15 active Fourth Circuit Judges by their appointor:
Obama = 6
Clinton = 4
Bush = 4
Reagan = 1
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In tributes across the nation this week, we honored the heroic memory of the fallen men and women of law enforcement. We also vowed to honor their sacrifice by ensuring that those who protect and serve have the support, resources, and training that they deserve.
In order to make America safe again we must also restore the tradition of respect and honor that is owed to every member of the law enforcement community in America.
Read more about the President’s week below.
Congratulating The Coast Guard Class Of 2017
President Trump delivered a commencement speech at the US Coast Guard academy congratulating the men and women on all their hard work. These fine young cadets are about to take their rightful place on the front line of defense for the United States of America. They deserve not only the congratulations but the gratitude of each and every American. They chose the path of service. They chose hard work, high standards, and a very noble mission to save lives, defend the homeland, and protect America’s interests around the world. They chose the Coast Guard.
Standing With Our Men And Women In Blue
President Trump commemorated the hard work of peace officers in the United States. Each May, during Police Week, new names of fallen police officers are added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial. This year, 394 brave souls join the over 20,000 men and women who gave up their lives in the line of duty to protect us. Words cannot express the depths of our gratitude, but President Trump hopes that our actions will show our brave men and women in blue how deeply we care and how strongly we feel about protecting those who protect us. President Trump will always stand strong with you.
Celebrating Women’s Health Week
Women’s Health Week started on Mother’s Day last Sunday. President Trump recognizes the importance of providing women access to the best health information and care. Our President is committed to working with Congress to help mothers—and fathers—have paid family leave so that childcare is accessible and affordable, and to invest in the comprehensive care that women receive at community health centers.
Completing The President’s Cabinet And Putting America First
This week, Robert Lighthizer was sworn in as the new United States trade representative. With this swearing in ceremony, President Donald Trump’s Cabinet is finally complete. President Trump made a promise to the American people — to fight for trade that puts America first. And in choosing Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. Trade Representative, President Trump is keeping his promise to put America first.
Strengthening The Asian American And Pacific Islander Communities
Vice President Pence welcomed an outstanding group to the White House to join in a celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. For the better part of our nation’s history, the people of Asia and the Pacific have come to America in search of a better life and a brighter future, and now our history books are literally filled with the names of trailblazers. And today, Americans of Asian and Pacific Island descent are the fastest-growing group in America. More than 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders now call the United States their home, and they make a difference in the life of our nation every single day.
President Trump is making his first trip abroad as President of the United States to Saudi Arabia, Israel, Rome, and finish in Sicily before returning home.
With the safety, security, and interests of the American people as his priority, he will strengthen old friendships and will seek new partners.
President Trump will ask them to unite for a future of peace and opposition opportunity for our peoples and the peoples of the world.
Thank you for your continued support
FROM: CHAIRMAN ROBIN HAYES
RE: FROM: CHAIRMAN ROBIN HAYES
RE: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING 6/4/2017
The next meeting of the NC GOP Executive Committee will be held on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Cape Fear Ballroom at the Wilmington Riverside Hilton.
Wilmington Riverside Hilton: 301 N. Water Street, Wilmington, NC
Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end promptly at 11:00 a.m.
Please let Katie Kouba know if you have any questions by contacting her via e-mail at email@example.com or by phone (919) 828-6423. We look forward to seeing you!