Memorial Day, The True Meaning

memorial day flagsMemorial Day is a day of remembrance of those who have died serving our country.  General John Alexander Logan ordered the Memorial Day holiday to be observed by decorating the war dead.  The day became known as “Decoration Day” because of the practice of decorating soldier’s graves with flowers. In 1971, Memorial day was declared a federal holiday.  We observe this day with families and friends by visiting cemeteries and memorials to pay homage to their loved ones.

Memorial Day was born out of the Civil War and was to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, “The 30th 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 churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Red Poppies

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:  She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war.MoinaMichaelStamp She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael. When she returned to France she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help.

Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

Please remember why we have the Freedom to enjoy our Family, our Friends and this Wonderful Place we call The United States of America.

God Bless the Men and Women who Serve and who have served our Country

Bill Nickerson

Mortgage Network Earns 98.86%

Published on CNBC

DANVERS, Mass., May 02, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Mortgage Network, an industry leading independent mortgage lender, today announced the results of a recent customer satisfaction survey showing that over 98% of customers would use Mortgage Network again. Also, over 98% of customers would recommend a friend. A standard that MNI believes is even harder to meet. This past year, Mortgage Network has opened five new locations and added over 100 employees to keep up with demand in targeted areas.

“We aim to give our clients the best experience possible and in order to do that, we make sure we are conscious of the opinions of everyone who walks through our doors, said Executive Vice President of Mortgage Network, Brian Koss. “Seeing this 98.86% approval rating gives us great pleasure in knowing we are doing our job. Our goal is to surpass 99% in 2011.” Over 2,200 customer surveys were completed and turned in to Mortgage Network after each closing. With so many new offices opening on the Eastern seaboard, and plans for others to open in 2011, this satisfaction survey adds validation to the service Mortgage Network is able to provide to clients.

“Our goal is to be the pre-eminent mortgage lender in our markets and within the eyes of our employees, clients, peers and business partners,” said Koss. “We are committed to providing the highest level of service and expertise, which consistently exceeds everyone’s expectations.” About Mortgage Network, Inc: Mortgage Network, Inc is a private mortgage banking company founded in 1988 by Robert McInnes and Albert Pare III who have co-managed the Company since its inception. Mortgage Network is one of the largest independent mortgage company headquartered in New England. The Company’s unique combination of experience, product development, and commitment to providing great service has made Mortgage Network an industry leader. The Company has established thirty-three regional lending offices providing retail mortgage services as a National Lender.

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