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Memorial Day

May 28th 2012 5:29 am
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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873.

It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays)...

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

Some have not forgotten: Since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.

In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day.

More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye's Heights (the Luminaria Program).

And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

From Memorial Day History http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html

We honor and remember those who have given the greatest sacrifice for our freedom and those who are helping keep our country free.

Love,
The Bush Furs

 

Happy New Year

December 30th 2011 8:26 pm
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A New Year’s Prayer
Author Unknown

May God make your year a happy one!
Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;

Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;

Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;

Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;

Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
and by making you anxious to be there to help.

God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.


Love and Hugs,
The Bush Woofs, Meows, Angels and Mary

 

Our Faces are RED!!

November 8th 2011 7:51 pm
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We have just sent out our Thank You for our DDP honor last month. How embarrassing!! We hope our Furiends truly know how much we appreciate your kindness in helping make the Day special!!

Love and Hugs,

The Angels:
Simba, Belle, Josh, Lilly, Socks, & Itty Bitty.

The Woofs:
Nakoma, Slippers, Buddy, Shadow, Tippy, Luke and Drake

The Meows:
Alley Mae, Oreo, Bow Tye, Scaredy, Patches, Fluffee, Little Star,
Bear, Titi, Lulu, Lila Mae, Tiger, Boss, Kitt, Bella, Meeko, Caleb, Hashbrown and Cali Ann

 

DDP Honors!!

October 9th 2011 8:03 pm
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We are so excited!! Of course, we only made it on here late tonite after Mom finally found time. For some reason she thought that a nap was more important than coming on Catster/Dogster!!
Really that was okay because several of us napped with her, so all was GOOD!!

Thank you to our Sweet Friends for stopping by and helping us celebrate our honor. Big Harry made a picture that is amazing. He added each of us, just like in a scrapbook. GORGEOUS.

Which made Mom realize that she needs to update those photos, we have Caleb, Hashbrown and Cali Ann to add and our Sweet Belle is now one of our Precious Angels. So she has a project to work on.

We hope everyone is enjoying the fall weather. It has been beautiful and warm during the day and cool at night. PURRfect for cuddling with Mom.

Have a Super Week everyone, we love you all, Our Sweet Friends!!

Angels: Simba, Belle, Josh, Sam, Lilly Mae, Socks & Itty Bitty

Meows: Alley Mae, Oreo, Bow Tye, Scaredy, Patches, Fluffee, Little Star, Titi, Bear, Boss, Lulu, Lila Mae, Tiger, Kitt, Bella, Meeko, Caleb, Hashbrown and Cali Ann

Woofs: Nakoma, Slippers, Buddy, Shadow, Tippy, Luke and Drake

 

October's Party

September 30th 2011 6:21 pm
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October's Party
By: George Cooper

October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came—
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,
The Oaks in crimson dressed;
The lovely Misses Maple
In scarlet looked their best;
All balanced to their partners,
And gaily fluttered by;
The sight was like a rainbow
New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,
At hide-and-seek they played,
The party closed at sundown,
And everybody stayed.
Professor Wind played louder;
They flew along the ground;
And then the party ended
In jolly "hands around."

 

Remembering Our Angel Itty Bitty

July 6th 2011 10:52 pm
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A year ago July 6th, this little "kitty" was found hissing at our then newest addition Meeko out on the deck. I went looking to see what was going on and what I found just broke my heart.
There was this skinny little kitty, so small. I was afraid to hold her, that I would hurt her. I brought her inside and fed her. She had some problems eating, but I thought it was just congestion.

The next day when I was able to get her into see the vet, he told me she was about 2 years old, malnurished and very ill. She had teeth missing from poor nutrition. He said that she had probably not had good food for quite some time.
He did blood work and told me he would let me know the next day, Thursday. While we were at church he left a message on my machine, that she was positive for Feline Leukemia. Broke my heart.

We went back to the vet on July 8th and I spoke with the vet. Itty Bitty, she had been named, was very ill. She was so full of life at the same time. She became attached to me, slept with me, followed me and refused to allow the other cats to come too close to me. If she was somewhere and one hopped on my lap, she was right there, hissing at them.

Angels come and sometimes they are only meant to be there for a very short time. Why, I don't know. But for some reason this little came into our lives and it was on a date that means a lot to my family. It is the day that Bear and Titi were born. The date that we said goodbye to our Sweet Lilly Mae. The date that my daughter found her tortie Cocoa.

Perhaps my only purpose in this was to help this little one go to the bridge in peace. She was so skinny, I am still amazed that she was able to get around as she did. She had a strong heart, a sweet one. She certainly left an impression on mine.
So many fur-parents were praying for this little one. How could I ask her to fight more, when it looked like that was all she had known in her young life. I was with her as she went to sleep in peace.

Sweet Peace Itty Bitty.

Love,
Mom

 

Remembering Our Uncle on His Birthday

July 3rd 2011 10:30 pm
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Our Uncle Dave was born on the 4th of July!! What a firecracker he was, at least that is what mom says. Some of us met him, most of us hid when he visited. We have heard many stories of what a wonderful and amazing man he was and will always be with us in memories.

This will be his 3rd Birthday in Heaven. So we are sure he knows which clouds are the best ones to view the fireworks from.

Happy Birthday Uncle Dave!!

Love and miss you!!

 

Remembering Our Aunt on Her Birthday

July 2nd 2011 7:30 am
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Today would have been our Aunt Debi's 38th Birthday. It will be her first one in Heaven. God Bless your Day our Sweet Aunt.

Aunt Debi

A Heavenly Birthday
by MaryGrace Patterson

You're spending your birthday
in heaven this year.
How beautiful it must be!
You can see the sun shining
through its endless eternities.

The sight is so spectacular,
your spirit is carefree and gay.
You can run and jump in moonbeams,
see stars twinkle as you play.

An angel choir is singing,
melodies soft and low.
Their songs echo through
paradise and to earth below.

Our hearts are often heavy,
filled with pain and sorrow.
We miss your presence in our lives.
For you, there were no new tomorrows.

We know you are in heaven
and we will let our hearts sing,
because you're sharing your Birthday,
with God, the King of Kings.


Love,
Mary & Furs

 

Memorial Day

May 28th 2011 9:47 pm
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Mom was curious about how Memorial Day began and so she looked it up on the web.

This is part of what she found:

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

(This surprised mom because she remembers, as a child, going to the cemeteries to decorate the family graves, all of them.)

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873.

It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays)...

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

Some have not forgotten: Since the late 50's on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.

In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day.

More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye's Heights (the Luminaria Program).

And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance" resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to 'Taps."

From Memorial Day History http://www.usmemorialday.org/backgrnd.html

Wow this made mom stop and think about how such a solemn occasion has become an excuse to have cook-outs and go swimming.
Is it really appropriate to say "Happy Memorial Day?"

Love,
The Bush Furs

 

He is Risen!!

April 23rd 2011 11:07 pm
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Easter Blessings to all of our Friends.

Easter Blessings to our Dear Sweet Friends!!


Love and Hugs,
The Bush Family

 
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