Memorial Day 2017

‘The muffled drum’s sad roll has beat The soldier’s last tattoo; No more on Life’s parade shall meet That brave and fallen few. On Fame’s eternal camping-ground Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards, with solemn round, The bivouac of the dead.’

The above is taken from Bivouac Of The Dead, by Theodore O’Hara. Many plaques in our National Cemeteries display stanzas from the O’Hara poem. I saw verses displayed in Arlington, Gettysburg, Antietam and I think Cold Harbor as well; probably many more.

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the U.S. military service.  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at National Cemeteries.  A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

The History of Memorial Day -Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.   Additional history can be found here.

I visited Fort Snelling National Cemetery this morning in an effort to avoid the large crowds this Memorial Day weekend will bring. Ground crews were working feverishly to get the grounds cleaned up. I heard the rifle volleys at least four times as veterans were still being buried. Many families and loved ones were already visiting grave sites -a very solomn setting over the next few days! RIP


Ft. Snelling National Cemetery

Ft. Snelling National Cemetery


Ft. Snelling National Cemetery (2)

Ft. Snelling National Cemetery (2)


A proud American family - the Rangers!

A proud American family – the Army Rangers! They’re known to take the high ground!


Medal of Honor recipients

Medal of Honor recipients buried at Ft. Snelling


Blue flags designate Medal of Honor recipients

Blue flags designate Medal of Honor recipients. The plaques describe their brave, courageous and selfless actions; they are heros all!


Also see my post on Memorial Day 2016; it includes many original photos, and few words.


  73, de Mike, KEØGZT


About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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