On May 31 in the USA: Day of Ornament or Remembrance day?
“Tam we will kneel down,
Where our darlings sleep“
(Nellie Swift, with dedication to “Women of the South of the country“.
the Last Monday of May in the USA is a nation-wide holiday of the day off in commemoration of the Day of remembrance of all dead of “men and women in a military uniform“. It exists a journalistic cliche for greater verbal solemnity. Very patriotic and we love this holiday (if it is possible to call commemoration a holiday) the American people “special love“. No other public holiday “was lucky“ more bitterly it. No another causes bigger offense of 26 million citizens of the country - veterans of war, and a third of the population of the country - the family, relatives, friends, colleagues of those soldiers that lay down in wars or are well until now with “a post-war syndrome“.
Us already tens of thousands of citizens who signed the appeal to the Senate and the Congress of the USA. The citizens demanding postponement of a holiday for the fixed date - on May 30. Since January 19, 1999 we patiently wait for the decision of the government on transfer of this Remembrance day from Day of Ornament to pay a tribute to the memory of our defenders as it is necessary to grateful citizens. That no falsities could interfere with execution of our human debt.
No, I think, the reader, not the acquaintance and not in love with “Gone with the Wind“. William Faulkner, the singer of the South, is more difficult and less popular in the wide reader`s environment. But if to delineate a prostovatost of topography “Carried away“ and refinement of the vymyshenny generalized image of folknerovsky Yoknapatofy by one contour, then at the reader the tough and accurate picture of the American South of times of civil war will take shape. And the image of the woman - southerners will be the center of this picture: spring the clenched fist which is thrown out for the striking blow for all men of the South, Gone with the Wind of civil war. Such and in a log hut, and a horse... They and until now such, our southerners - you will not beat out a tear!
Already civil war when not remarkable poetess - the southerner Nellie Swift put verses, and on them and the song “There We Will Kneel Down where Our Darlings Sleep“ came to an end. Also devoted it to women of the South. And that value of this event was clear to the Russian reader, it is necessary to explain that traditionally cemeteries of the USA did not know jewelry in the form of flowers, wreaths, flags and other big and small memorabiliya which in Russia can be brought on cemeteries. On our cemeteries - “everything is quiet“: only marble - granite - cement and smooth greens a carpet...
And here when the South of the country became covered by graves carried away, women of the South, these iron ladies, became as sentimental Gretchen to decorate graves of the dead. So there was in the south of the country a Day of ornament. And, clear, northerners did not mark out him - not their holiday.
However war came to an end, and, apparently, eternal conflicts of the North with the South, but even on cemeteries, over coffins came to an end, this antagonism proceeded. The South honored fallen especially, the North - especially. One had a Day of Ornament, at others - Day of Memory. From 1860 to 1868 this opposition continued. And properly it is clear: winners and won...
But than America is also good - consensus! And on May 5, 1868 there is an order number 11 of the general John Logan: On May 30 every year to consider on army as the Remembrance day. He personally headed a ceremony of allies and confederates for wreath-laying on a military Arlingtonsky cemetery on graves of fallen. But this day remained as - especially army event. And to help army date to become day of national commemoration fallen helped... children.
The scout children`s movement in the USA deserves special conversation. Here I will note only one: boy scouts and girl scouts willingly participated at first in wreath-laying and decoration of graves, and then undertook care of graves of the fallen soldiers. Children also brought from cemeteries on sandals in the families rudiments of tradition of commemoration fallen across the nation. From far France the tradition passed into the USA to decorate graves of the died soldiers with red poppies. And these artificial florets in children`s hands were born.
Only in 1971 (only forty years ago!) the clumsy decision to consider not on May 30, and the last Monday of May as a national holiday the Remembrance day and in the day off was made. Than there thought?!
And now I will tell how the Senate and the Congress turned the Remembrance day in Day of ornament. And as the American people dashingly bought this bait. Let`s argue, the reader: The USA - the country more southern, than northern. It we lie in North America, and here Chicago sits at the latitude of Tashkent. It is clear, what climate in the country and what weather at the end of May? Summer! Time of shish kebabs, time of holidays.
Before the last (as well as any) we have two days off Monday - Saturday and Sunday. Presented to the population of the country non-working Monday - and it already what we call a long weekend. Three days off! And here one more specific feature - features of national holidays. The American seldom takes average poor vacation one piece - the working picture is lost. And the employer, you look, will estimate that if production can do without worker two weeks in succession whether then this worker is necessary in general? Generally, for many reasons we bite off on a piece from the holiday several times in a year, just by a long weekend on snack. So the average American has 3 - 4 - 5 short holidays. And it is not accepted to stay at home in this country on holiday: on a wing - and to the neighboring countries: Dominican republic, Mexico, Costa - Ric, Jamaica besides native...
Even the homebodies who are not sorry to split hairs with holidays, consider a long weekend as spring vacation. Get out on the nature, on fishing, on shish kebabs under beer. Already nobody considers the presented Monday as separate date which the government specially exempted from work that each conscious citizen of the country could go to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the soldier famous to it, just to a cemetery to the relatives... What there Remembrance day?! - Holiday!
Whether to blame the people? And I also do not blame - all of us the person. And not all paunch in Mexico under the sun is heated - is who and with red poppies both went to a cemetery, and will go. 16 million Americans participated in World War II. 406 thousand from them did not return. Vietnam, 54 thousand cost 58 thousand visors to the country of Korea. We recognize the exact price of Iraq and Avhan by fall. But that fact that wars of the USA always took place somewhere there or on a TV set, and each of the U.S. Governments preferred not to afflict with the losses the inhabitant (Bush in general forbade the coffins arriving in the USA to show on the TV!) would have to isolate, on the contrary, especially (forgive for a tautology) the Remembrance day among other national holidays of a red calendar, but not to stick it a makeweight to two days off of May. Already in some sources I read: the Remembrance day and as the beginning of summer is traditionally celebrated. (Something similar was created in the Russian Federation with the May Day which is celebrated as Day of spring and work now). And it that for a miracle marvelous: Day of the beginning of summer? In May - that... No, children the senate and the congress, so business will not go at us. The remembrance day is to you not about a shish kebab and beer. We want this day back.
to us Klaas`s ashes knocks on heart.
So there was a movement Luminaria Program. We demand that on May 30 every year we remembering and chtushchy, would take our children and grandsons, and went with red poppies to graves of those who died for this country. Us already tens of thousands of citizens who signed the appeal to the Senate and the Congress of the USA. The citizens demanding postponement of a holiday for the fixed date - on May 30. Since January 19, 1999 we patiently wait for the decision of the government on transfer of this Remembrance day from Day of Ornament to pay a tribute to the memory of our defenders as it is necessary to grateful citizens. That no falsities could interfere with execution of our human debt.
We demand a moment of silence over all country exactly at three o`clock p.m. We do not need your additional Monday of Ornament, and it is a shame to us that we lived up to it. Therefore we use this last Monday of May directly for designated purpose - we will come with posters under your fat offices and we will make a stand. It will be in the best way to honor memory of the dead. And when day of your re-elections will come, we will come the same wall, be sure. And the generated, the and this most...
For now here we have such holiday, with tears in the eyes. Though there will take place solemn wreath-laying on the Arlingtonsky cemetery, and our President good words will tell the nations, and will rumble from all trunks, and poppies will blossom on cemeteries of America...
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