In case you are trying to remember the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, I’m including this from my 2015 Veterans Day blog post which quoted an email from a friend: “Veterans Day is often confused with Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May), which honors American service members who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead.”
Memorial Day Flags on Parade 1991 First Day Cover
It showcased the “… 29-cent Flags on Parade stamp, issued May 30, 1991, in Waterloo, New York, the birthplace of Memorial Day. The Village of Waterloo held the nation’s first Memorial Day observance in 1866 to honor local soldiers who died in the Civil War.”
It is worth noting that at the time of the Flags on Parade 29 cent stamp being issued “to commemorate the 125th anniversary of that first Memorial Day celebration”, the location met some dispute. “The design of the stamp is appropriate for such a day, but the first day site of Waterloo, N.Y., drew some challenges.” This is the link to The Disputed Birthplace Of Memorial Day, Chicago Tribune June 02, 1991 article.
Thank you for joining me today for Memorial Day Flags on Parade 1991 FDC.
Back on April 08, I blogged on the Smithsonian National Postal Museum opening its World War I Letters Exhibit for the centennial, open from April 6, 2017 – November 29, 2018.
My blog post yesterday, 1948 Moina Michael The Poppy Lady stamp, referred to the poem “In Flanders Fields”. Just like I have done for the past two Memorial Day blog posts here, I’m closing with that poem.
‘In Flanders Fields’
by John McCrae, May 3, 1915. “Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem “In Flanders Fields” during World War I.”
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”
Memorial Day Flags on Parade 1991 FDC Attribution & Thank you to the following who are referenced today
Attribution for the photo shown above from my AnchoredScraps.com 2015, and 2016 Memorial Day blog posts. The image by Tijl Vercaemer from Gent, Flanders #Belgium) (In Flanders Fields the poppies blow (3/3#) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.
Image shown upper left, Etsy PostalGems, Artcraft First Day Cover, First Day Cover – 1991 Memorial Day Flags on Parade 29 cent Regular issue.
Mystic Stamp Company, excerpt, #2531 – 1991 29c Flags on Parade stamp.
Excerpt, Chicago Tribune, The Disputed Birthplace Of Memorial Day, June 02, 1991|By Dominic Sama, Knight-Ridder Newspapers.
AnchoredScraps.com daily blog posts: excerpt Veterans Day – November 11, 2015; Smithsonian National Postal Museum World War I Letters Exhibit, April 08, 2017; by Helen Rittersporn.