It is the most beautiful and sacred of our national holidays, and its observance is of a dignified, reverent nature. Mary Emogene Hazeltine. Anniversaries and Holidays: A Calendar of Days and How to Observe Them. American Library Association, Chicago. 1928. From the 1965 edition: It is a day of heroes, a day to remember their sacrifices
Originally posted May 23, 2015 and not too subtly addressed to my children. “In Flanders Fields” is a poem written by physician and poet John McCrae on May 3, 1915 (thanks, wikipedia!) after the death of a friend and fellow soldier in WWI. Flanders, of course, refers to Belgium, specifically the western parts where during
6:29pm. In any case, Mr. Big Food asked a few minutes ago if we wanted to go outside and listen to some music. I said no. We really did not. I then reported these statistics to him and he responded that he would be watching a Reds baseball game on the TV set.
See the smoker smoking here. Mr. Big Food smoked it for about 4 1/2 hours. Then brought it in to cool. Then I sliced it as thin as I could get it with the electric slicer.
Mr. Big Food just hollered at me from the kitchen, “Hey, Marica! Look out the window!” “Is it picture worthy?” “Oh, yeah!” I just looked again and trust me– this was just getting started. The sirloin tip that will smoke over apple wood for four hours is destined to become Zesty Smoke Beef Roast.
I posted the following on October 2, 2013. Reposting it in its entirety (though reformatted) for the Memorial Day weekend, 2019. Ernie Pyle was an American journalist and war correspondent. A quick perusal of Brave Men confirms that he wrote from the perspective of the common soldier. A few snippets from Chapter 35, “A Last Word”: This final
I don’t think it proper to say, “Happy Memorial Day,” so I will not. I do hope you have a peaceful, relaxing (or productive, as is your wish), day, and that you take a moment to … . Well, you know. It is Remembrance Day. Remember. http://www.bigfoodetc.com/category/anniversaries-holidays/memorial-day/
As the secular Memorial Day weekend draws to a close, I’d say it was a productive start to summer and a relaxing– in a bone tired sort of way– long weekend. Last afternoon’s storms continued into morning. No farm work in the rain so no reason to wake with the chickens. We enjoyed morning coffee talking
We’ve been working very hard the last few days. And we’ve been eating well. Tonight Mr. Big Food made gumbo. He was going to make it in the gumbo pot on the propane cooker on the patio but it rained. Anyhoo… . This gumbo started, of course, with a roux and was made with goose stock.
In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our places; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
My perusal of prose and poetry regarding Decoration Day lead me to believe there was once an appreciation for the lives fallen soldiers left behind.A feral cat has sequestered her litter of three little kittens in a box in our garage. That’s the sort of thing a Farm Boy– tuned Soldier– would have understood. That’s
Here Dead Lie We Here dead lie we because we did not choose To live and shame the land from which we sprung. Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose But young men think it is, and we were young. A.E. Houseman Found in Other Men’s Flowers: An Anthology of Poetry, A.P. Wavell,
And for my Democratic and Libertarian and Tea Party and Low-Fo Friends, too. (I want to be inclusive.)I am scouring my library for what I think are interesting things– quotes, etc.– to convey as we approach Memorial Day, which used to be called Decoration Day.I’ve already posted a few!Today I wore an old T-shirt of
“It is sweet and honorable” From Trees and Other Poems, Joyce Kilmer, George H. Doran Company, New York, 1914.
When I typed up that last post on Decoration Day, I did not know about the ladies in Columbus, Mississippi in 1866. Thanks to my senator’s email, I do now. Wicker Remembers America’s Fallen Soldiers Mississippians Helped Inspire National Observance of Memorial Day Each year on Memorial Day, Mississippians gather to remember the patriots who
Red, white & blue Rhode Island made Memorial Day– not Decoration Day which was originally honored soldiers killed in the Civil War and was observed only in the northern states– a legal holiday in 1874. By 1910 all states and territories had done likewise except Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South