Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day

Just had to post  a big THANK YOU! to all our veterans and current folk serving in the armed forces.  Protecting what our forefathers, with God's influence, created for us and generations to come....a FREE Country.  No matter what rules or challenges our country faces I still wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

I get to home school my girls, go to church, worship God, and follow the career choice I want to follow, plus so much more.  Just remember to keep defending our Bill of Rights, whether in the service or not, it would do us all good to remember what our Constitution says and why so many have died fighting to protect it.

The Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments of the Constitution, first introduced by James Madison to the very First United States Congress in 1789 as a series of articles that became effective December 15, 1791.  Thomas Jefferson was a supporter of the Bill of Rights. One of the first fourteen copies of the Bill of Rights is on display in Washington D.C. at the National Archives.


Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Amendment III
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
Amendment VII
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11 on May 5, 1868, Memorial Day was officially proclaimed.  The first Memorial Day was observed May 30, 1868 when flowers were placed on the graves of both confederate and union soldiers in Arlington Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize Memorial Day was New York in 1873 and it spread to almost all states by the end of WW I.  Although since the National Holiday Act in 1971 moved the holiday to the last Monday in May the meaning of this holiday has been lost into 3 day weekend holidays with fewer communities having observances as it was initially intended.  You can find a listing of local Cleveland Ohio Memorial Day Events on Cleveland.com.

So I urge you to attend a local memorial service in your community and remember those who have died protecting our freedom and rights that we have here in the United States of America.


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