DECORATION DAY TRIBUTE 


 
 

DECORATION DAY POEM



Flowers for the Feet of Peace
Sweet rose and lily white,
As she retreads the road,
The blood-red road of fight;
The waving corn and wheat
For the long, hot lanes of war;
For bastions fringed with flame,
The light of Freedom's star.

Flowers for the resting brave!
So every grave shall be
An altar fresh and green
Sacred to Liberty,
An altar green and sweet
For the true heart beneath--
For each the rose of love,
For each the laurel wreath.

Peace, peace, and sweetest fame
O'er all the land to-day!
No anger and no blame
Between the Blue and Gray.
To you, heroic dead,
Resting in dreamless calm,
We bring the rose of love,
The victor's stainless palm.

From the book, "Campfire Sketches and Battlefield Echoes", dated 1886, by Will C. King, 
" In Memory of Our Fallen Heroes and to Our Honored Veterans."



 
 

New items Added for Decoration Day Tribute

Oswego County Military Enrollment During the Civil War

Grand Army Of The Republic Posts and Members

Joe Gould Post, No.145, G.A.R., Phoenix, N. Y.

George Henderson - Tallest Man, Phoenix, N.Y.

Flag Request for Burial of Cassius N. Snyder - 81st NYVol.

Cassius N. Snyder's Pension Claim - 81st NYVol.

Civil War Soldiers - Town of Amboy

Military Biography of Dr. Jerome Hadden Coe

Family And Civil War Information on George Wiesmore, Granby

Oswego Lodge No. 127 F. & A. M. - 1945 and 1949, list of members who served in WWII, and deceased members.


 



 
 
OUR SOLDIER DEAD 

      So long as time shall endure, the memory of the men of our land who gave their lives for their country's cause shall be revered.  Though more particularly dedicated to the victims of the great civil strife, Memorial day is broad enough to embrace all who have fallen in the wars of the United States and over every known mound where rest the remains of a wearer of the continental uniform, of a soldier of 1812, of one who climbed the Mexican hights, who experienced the trials of southern battlefields, who fought Indians on the plains, Spaniards in Cuba, insurgents in the Phillippines or Boxers in China, whether he died in action or of disease or surrendered in the course of time to the common conqueror of humanity, there is placed on that day the emblem of our country and a blossom-bearing plant. 

     It comes most appropriately--this day of memorial decoration -- in the spring-time, when nature's resurrection fills the sad heart with hope of that other resurrection which shall bring an end to mortal sorrow.  Fresh as the gown which now covers mother earth and fragrant as the blossoms which perfume the air shall ever be the memory of our gallant dead. 

Source: Saturday Globe, Utica, May 28, 1904.



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