Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day



Flag flying at half-mast in honor of Memorial Day at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, which is a large military cemetery in Saint Louis County, Missouri. This day commemorates Americans who have died in war.



Many of the dead here, like these Union soldiers from the American Civil War, are unknown. Memorial Day got its start in honor of the dead of that War Between the States.



These men in Confederate military costume commemorate the many soldiers buried here who were loyal to the South. Also present were men in Union uniforms, as well as ladies who wore the dress of the day.

International wars are terrible but civil wars are worse, for the natural bond among fellow countrymen is broken.

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God," Matthew 5:9

"Peace on Earth—which man throughout the ages has so longed for and sought after—can never be established, never guaranteed, except by the diligent observance of the divinely established order," from the encyclical of Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris.



THIS MONUMENT IS DEDICATED TO THE
52 UNITED STATES SUBMARINES
LOST DURING WORLD WAR II AND
THEIR CREWMEN AND OFFICERS
WHO PERISHED IN THAT WAR

Memorial Day commemorates the dead of all the wars. I saw a family gathered around the gravesite of a loved one, killed in Iraq just last month.

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