Monday, May 26, 2014

Monday is for Remembering!


Hi Y’all!



At first glance you might think that the above photo is yesterdays, but in color.  If you look back you’ll see that it is a different picture of me.

Today I’m joining Alfie’s Blog, Luna Dogs Life and My Brown Newfies for some Memorial Day mischief…


My Humans look at Memorial Day differently than most.  In the south Memorial Day was not a holiday for many, many years.  It was considered a Yankee holiday.



In 1868 May 30 was proclaimed Decoration Day; it was the day to decorate the graves of soldiers.  May 30 was chosen because it was not the date of any particular battle. 

Hawk looking serious in cemetery


After World War I, it became a holiday to honor, not just Civil War dead, but all soldiers lost in battle. Until that time most in the south honored their dead on different dates.


Many southern states still honor their Confederate war dead on different dates, depending on the state.

P1010003 Hawk in cemetery wi flags

When my Humans were children there were still elders surviving who remembered growing up hearing tales of the “war over states rights”.  These elders refused to recognize Memorial Day as a holiday. It wasn’t until 1967 that the day was officially named Memorial Day.



So, for my Humans, this is the day that you visit the cemeteries and say prayers for those who have given their lives for our country. 

Congress changed Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday in May in 1968 whey they passed the Uniform Holidays Act.

The National Moment of Remembrance Act asks every U.S. citizen to pause at 3pm local time for one minute in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Hawk with head bowed in cemetery

Y’all come back now.







  1. Great post, great pictures as always, happy memorial day.

    Lots of Woofs from Earl and I at Earl's World!

  2. Nice one Hawk. Have a great memorial day and a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  3. That was great, I had no clue that it wasn't a holiday once in your area. Thanks for the information, I love to learn new things. Have a good Memorial Monday!

  4. Thanks for the little history lesson. Happy Memorial Day Hawk.

  5. Wow, that's such interesting history. I had no idea.

  6. Thanks for sharing the history. Happy Memorial Day.

  7. Beautiful photos. Such an interesting history that I was not aware of. Have a great Memorial Day :)

  8. Great post. The War of Northern Aggression is still talked about in my family... and we celebrate Decoration Day :-)

  9. Very good message Hawk thanks. Love Dolly

  10. Great post ... love the southern history. Hope you have a wonderful day, no matter what you decided on calling it.

  11. A lovely tribute Hawk!

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

  12. That was beautiful! Thank you for sharing Hawk. :)
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  13. Wow. Loved reading that and it was something that I didn't know. Thank you for sharing!

  14. I did not know all that, so thank you for sharing Hawk.

  15. GREAT post Hawk, thank you so much for sharing your Memorial Day with us. I love all the photos of you by the flag. God Bless.

  16. Thanks doe the history lesson. I knew about Decoration Day and wasn't there Remembrance Day for WW1? Or maybe I am getting my Canadian holidays mixed up. :)