Posts tagged ‘Civil War’

May 24, 2014

How Memorial Day Was Created (2014)

by Teréza Eliasz-Solomon (HeiressMommy™)

blacksoldierscivilwarFreedmen that were African slaves become gladdened by the prospect of Lincoln’s vision for life in America and so decided to commemorate their Civil War fallen comrades in Charleston, South Carolina on 1 May 1865. Calling this day of remembrance a May Day celebration and marking it with flowers and song – cleaning up unmarked graves – telling America that freedom had come from this second revolution of sorts all lent idea to what we now acknowledge as Memorial Day. Societies have been commemorating war dead throughout recorded history – my own Jewish faith deems necessary remembrances as a way to define who we are and to give eternal life of sorts to those gone. Not to be confused with morbid nor sullen grieving, the memorializing of brave citizens who gave the ultimate sacrifice for an ideal is seen as both honor and lesson for that nation they died to save. Such service to ones community remains unequal in valor, which is why days of recognition abound around the globe.

There is surely a need for continuity that promotes year after year efforts as we attend to the memories of those lost in battle – who we were, are and will be as a people made clear in some way through this activity. Of course, for the immediate family and friends that a soldier left behind this shows a much desired communal recognition that appreciation and value is denoted for that loss. Years pass – generation after generation attempt awareness of history and so until this day, each and every service person’s death throughout the history of the United States is included in Memorial Day ceremonies. Pride is foremost and a knowing that duty was served even in controversial battles like Vietnam – for those we ask to fight are not to be ever sullied by the politicians or leaders choices. Without question many have been too easily forgotten and marginalized – I began this post with mention of the African-American slave who fought beside others in our nation’s Civil War. There is no question that it took many more years – even post WWII for these REAL Americans to be treated with full and equal honor for their heroism in battle.

For myself and all Jewish families those that fought in World War II are especially close to our hearts for there is no confusion that we would not exist had those heroes not fought to keep safe the world from Nazi destruction. There is no hyperbole in my stating that humanity only survived because Americans and our European allies destroyed the enemies of G-d during the 1940’s. Tears come easily to me when thinking about those killed while fighting against Germany in order to prevent the world and my people from ultimate annihilation  Every time I meet a family that lost a fighting soldier in WWII or a veteran I tell them of my REAL gratitude, shake their hand, request an embrace and express my REAL belief that I owe them my life. Not all wars are as honorable in purpose as WWII and not all the resulting scenarios as glorious in tone but most are at least for America purposeful and with decency at the core; mistakes and miscalculations have and will happen as long as people fight but we must learn and attempt betterment if REAL gratitude is to be expressed for those we remember on Memorial Day and so that they shall rest in eternal peace!

 Note: I want to make mention of my pride that my first father-in-law [widowed 2001] was a decorated WWII Air Force Colonel, Oxford & George Washington University Professor, Hall of Fame Senior Tennis Player & so much more … now laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. Also there interred is my paternal Uncle Milton Solomon, a decorated Army Officer & later International Business Entrepreneur. While of different faiths, these two wonderful men not only share being an important part of my family history but in common this great nation and its gloried history of the struggle for REAL freedom throughout the world. Amen I say!!!

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October 20, 2013

Your State is Revolting!

by Teréza Eliasz-Solomon (HeiressMommy™)

Alexis de Tocqueville wrote about our young nation, in his Democracy in America:

To instruct democracy, if possible to reanimate its beliefs, to purify its mores, to regulate its movements, to substitute little by little the science of affairs for its inexperience, and knowledge of its true instincts for its blind instincts; to adapt its government to time and place; to modify it according to circumstances and men: such is the first duty imposed on those who direct society in our day.           

EyeUSASo here we are in 2013 with a suggestion of a REAL tone that defines revolt by the States. Well maybe not all fifty but it seems there are indeed States that apparently are hell bent on revolting, usurping national laws and most definitely denying the duly two term elected President Obama his place in history. Has it ever REALLY been the UNITED States of America? Quite possibly only during extreme tragedies or times of unprecedented strife  – WWII,  JFK assassination, 9/11 but not on a daily visceral level. Sad or actually what makes us unique in that despite so many differences and even dangerous separation of intentions these disparate regions function [for the most part] in a joined continuum of purpose. Until recently that is ,,,

Tocqueville was enamored with our nation and while impressed returned to France all too aware of the fragility of a mass and varied democratic structure. By writing that a government needs watchfulness over inexperience and blind instincts, this scholar was almost clairvoyant in his description considering the current national dialogue – the extremist on both sides of the political spectrum and this past month’s nearly catastrophic government shut down and debt ceiling crisis, The thought that some on the extremist right would entertain an Armageddon scenario to elevate their status and promote their own narrow agenda is nothing less than to contemplate the end of this country as we know it – where does it stop and how long will a minority of extortion prone legislatures like we saw this past month be permitted to function in guise of legitimacy? The  recent fiscal crisis has seen insurgent conservatives groups plotting – yes some clandestine and others brazenly in full press coverage that they will never participate in the tried and true democratic process of this country. Zealots of every spectrum are dangerous in that they believe that the righteous stance of whatever beliefs they maintain must be furthered at all and every cost. Destroy it all  if need be but get their way is the plan. Sound scary – well it is and must be fought against by all rational citizens of this great nation.

When a Senator or Congress person states firmly that the nation as a whole matters to them little if at all but they are singularly concerned with the small and insulated – no matter how small in numbers – hometown folks that elected them, then we as a united people are doomed. States are suggesting revolt – opting out of national programs and as such not participating through vote nor contribution to the joined efforts that has kept America great and productive. Regionalism has now become a pathological effort to remove and deter a State from the Federal government purview and in doing so the REAL possibility of permanent fracturing exist. This growing separation of goals might indeed be the result of citizens feeling marginalized but no matter the etymology, no further attitude or suggestion of revolt must be allowed to overwhelm the common good for should we divide in ways irreparable, we will cease to be anymore than fifty individual and defeated land masses – mourning the loss of what once was the greatest nation on Earth!

P.S. In my memoir, Heiress Mommy … A Modern Super Woman Life! and recently decided more complete Life Journey of Heiress Mommy aĺl the REAL and full details of why this nation has always matter so much and even more so now to me will be explained … My most recent blessîngs giving me even more impetus to safe guard that which I hold so dear !!!

May 25, 2013

How African-Americans Created Memorial Day

by Teréza Eliasz-Solomon (HeiressMommy™)

blacksoldierscivilwarFreedmen that were African slaves become gladdened by the prospect of Lincoln’s vision for life in America and so decided to commemorate their Civil War fallen comrades in Charleston, South Carolina on 1  May 1865. Calling this day of remembrance a May Day celebration and marking it with flowers and song – cleaning up unmarked graves – telling America that freedom had come from this second revolution of sorts all lent idea to what we now acknowledge as Memorial Day. Societies have been commemorating war dead throughout recorded history – my own Jewish faith deems necessary remembrances as a way to define who we are and to give eternal life of sorts to those gone. Not to be confused with morbid nor sullen grieving, the memorializing of brave citizens who gave the ultimate sacrifice for an ideal is seen as both honor and lesson for that nation they died to save. Such service to ones community remains unequal in valor, which is why days of recognition abound around the globe.

There is surely a need for continuity that promotes year after year efforts as we attend to the memories of those lost in battle – who we were, are and will be as a people made clear in some way through this activity. Of course, for the immediate family and friends that a soldier left behind it shows a communal recognition that appreciation and value is denoted for that loss. Years pass – generation after generation attempt awareness of history and so until this day, each and every service person’s death throughout the history of the United States is included in Memorial Day ceremonies. Pride is foremost and a knowing that duty was served even in controversial battles like Vietnam – for those we ask to fight are not to be ever sullied by the politicians or leaders choices. Without question many have been too easily forgotten and marginalized – I began this post with mention of the African-American slave who fought beside others in our nation’s Civil War. There is no question that it took many more years – even post WWII for these REAL Americans to be treated with full and equal honor for their heroism in battle.

For myself and my children those that fought in World War II are especially close to our hearts for there is no confusion that we would not exist had those heroes not fought to keep safe the world from Nazi destruction. There is no hyperbole in my stating that humanity only survived because Americans and our European allies destroyed the enemies of G-d during the 1940’s. Tears come easily to me when thinking about those killed while fighting against Germany in order to prevent the world and my people from ultimate annihilation  Every time I meet a family that lost a fighting soldier in WWII  or a veteran I tell them of my REAL gratitude, shake their hand, request an embrace and express my REAL belief that I owe them my life. Not all wars are as honorable in purpose as WWII and not all the resulting scenarios as glorious in tone but most are at least for America purposeful and with decency at the core; mistakes and miscalculations have and will happen as long as people fight but we must learn and attempt betterment if REAL gratitude is to be expressed for those we remember on Memorial Day and so that they shall rest in eternal peace!

Note: In my memoir, Heiress Mommy … A Modern Super Woman Life! I will share the details of what my parents explained as their own reasoning to bring me into this world in 1954 because America had made it safe for Jews to live free by fighting  in WWII and then resulting in having Israel exist.

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