Memorial Day 2011 - Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne Australia
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. It was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial Day originally reminded us of those who died during the Civil War, a battle in which our countrymen fought each other - North against South, brother against brother, father against son. Those who died for the South or for the North did so in the belief that they were both right.
Outside after the 2011 Memorial Day Service
[front row: Scott Birnie, 173d Bde Assn; Ed Bartosh, AESA, Thom Lyons, AESA, Michael Thurston, Consul general, David Jones, AESA; and Robert Webster, VP, RSL(VIC)]
Presidential Proclamation: Whitehouse.gov
[L to R: Thomas Lyons, President, AESA; Squadron Leader Ron Ledingham, Govenor, Shrine of Remembrance; Hon. Michael Thurston, US Consul General, Edward Bartosh, Secretary, AESA ]