Run run Jerry run / freedom is at hand oh Lord / helpful hands stretch out by Pat Flowers (Columbus 2006)
Originally referred to in the late 1860’s as Decoration Day–a day of remembrance when mourners could grace the graves of the Civil War’s dead with flowers–Memorial Day became a national holiday in 1971. It remains a day of solemn observance; a day reserved to honor and remember all Americans who have died while serving in our country’s military service.
Heroes defended / Liberty and freedom rang / Stars and stripes rippled by Michelle Miles (Amman, Jordan 2016)
Memorial Day is also a day to celebrate our freedom, the unique cause that these American servicemen and servicewomen died for.
Souls of the soldiers / march and quiet names surround / Freedom’s arena by Mark Shevalier (Henderson 2007)
Over the last few decades, Memorial Day has also come to be known as the unofficial start of Summer. Marked with patriotic parades, major sporting events, family gatherings and barbecues, Memorial Day is still a shared American tradition.
Our featured haiku poster this Memorial Day is from our 2004 Series. It was written by frequent contributor, Jay Cox and illustrated by former Syracuse University student, Steve Kim. We think you’ll agree, the poster exemplifies the beauty of our monuments to peace, freedom and remembrance.
The blue sky ripples / and clouds stream by in the water / fountain reflections
However you observe this Memorial Day–whether it’s laying a wreath or raising a flag, marching along with a parade or gathering with family, watching a ballgame or enjoying the evening’s fireworks–safe travels!
Birds coax forth the dawn. / She smiles and all turns golden. / Our lake beams its thanks… by Patricia Ziemba (Syracuse 2010)