Memorial Day Observed
Welcome to "The Gods Are Bored," disgusted with Democrats since last election day! Want to know why we won the Revolutionary War? Same reason we're losing in Iraq. A lunatic at the helm, and no one paying attention to the will of the people.
As a card-carrying member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, it was my pleasure in the past to participate in Memorial Day observances. When the Iraq thing, whatever it is, got underway, I started boycotting Mem Days. Then I read in the newspaper that a neighboring borough, 99 percent African American, had a cemetery with over 100 Civil War soldiers buried in it.
This won't surprise you. During the Civil War, black soldiers were not buried in national cemeteries.
The borough, Lawnside by name, took any dead Civil War vet that no one claimed. They also have a few locals, including one whose family received the Congressional Medal of Honor in, I think, 2004. Timely, huh? But that's how I found out about the cemetery, because that made the newspapers and a couple of my local DARs went to the award ceremony.
For the past 3 years I've been putting flowers on the grave of the Medal of Honor winner in Lawnside. It's closer than Andersonville, GA. I've got a great-great-great uncle buried there.
Today I was tucking into breakfast when The Spare said, "Mom, aren't you going over to Lawnside?" I had totally forgotten. I gulped the oatmeal and bolted out the door. Got there just in time to join a small ceremony by the Lawnside VFW.
Their bugler could do Arlington, he was that good.
That's a tight-knit little group over there, but no one gives me the cold stare, especially when I explain why I'm there. But I was dressed kind of scruffy today, and those African American VFW Ladies Auxillary members completely put the D.A.R. to shame for couture.
So, recalling when wars were necessary, we at "The Gods Are Bored" remember our three direct and six indirect ancestors who joined the Grand Army of the Republic. I can be proud of them because there's nothing in my religion that says you can't be proud of your ancestors.
Photo: Statue, Andersonville, Georgia