Friday, May 27, 2011

General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868


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The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.
By order of
JOHN A. LOGAN,Commander-in-Chief
N.P. CHIPMAN,Adjutant General
Official:WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.

We Remember and We Thank You!


Katherine said...


Dear Friends,

Last Tuesday, I wrote Serving the Poor and Vulnerable to you regarding concerns about a proposed reduction in funding for homeless services in the DC budget. I am very pleased to inform you that this potential cut was averted. Commendably, the District of Columbia City Council members voted to restore the proposed $19.2 million cut from the FY 2012 budget. This drastic cut would have affected some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

As I emphasized before, the Archdiocese of Washington is committed to serving the needs of the poor with generosity, and our parishes and agencies will continue outreach to the disadvantaged in our community. The restored funds will allow the partnerships with the city to continue and to offer hope for a better future for the city’s homeless population. Please keep them and the people who care for them in your prayers.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout Auxiliary Bishop of Washington

Bob said...

Here is a link to an audio from a spiritual group which is getting a lot of attention right now, they say that Humanity needs to know the truth. I really liked this part and felt special energies like never before : What has never been released to the public is the fact that in 1978, Pope John Paul I was murdered because he planned to release the truth, as requested in the real 3rd Secret of Fatima.
The real 3rd Secret of Fatima requested that information about the True Jesus and Jesus’ writings that decipher the code words used in the Old Testament, be released in 1960 from the Vatican’s subterranean vaults.