Posted tagged ‘holidays’

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving postcard

Happy Halloween Everyone

October 31, 2014

Here are a few more photos from around the area showing some Halloween spirit. Have a good night tonight everyone.

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Halloween Decorations Begin to Appear

October 15, 2014
3666 Park Place decorated for Halloween.

3666 Park Place decorated for Halloween.

Halloween is just over two weeks away, but I’m already starting to see people getting into the coming festivities. The photos today are  from 3666 Park Place, NW, which as you can see is really decked out. I like everything about it, from the cobwebs and spiders to the skeleton and gourds.

Over the next two weeks I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for more great decorations. Unlike years past, I’m going to broaden my search to all of Ward 1. I’m curious to see which neighborhood has the most Halloween spirit.

3666 Park Place Halloween

Happy Fourth of July Everyone

July 4, 2014

Whether you are traveling, going to the mall, or spending the day at the Soldiers’ Home, have a safe and enjoyable Fourth everyone.

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Wishing All a Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 17, 2014

 

St Patricks postcard 1910

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2014

New Year postcard 2014

Presidents’ Day Profile: Rutherford B. Hayes

February 18, 2013
19th President Rutherford B. Hayes (Image from Library of Congress).

19th President Rutherford B. Hayes (Image from Library of Congress).

Today is Presidents’ Day. While Presidents Lincoln and Washington immediately come to mind,we’ve had 43 people hold the office of President to date and many of them are not as well know.

In the spirit of the day, I decided to post a brief profile of Rutherford B. Hayes due to his connection with the Soldiers’ Home. Two of the buildings at the Armed Forced Retirement Home, Quarters 1 and the Lincoln Retreat, served as the summer White House for several U.S. Presidents — Chester Arthur, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Buchanan, and most notably, Abraham Lincoln.

Below is the introductory profile summary of Hayes from Wikipedia, where you can read the full profile.

Rutherford Birchard Hayes (October 4, 1822 – January 17, 1893) was the 19th President of the United States (1877–1881). As president, he oversaw the end of Reconstruction and the United States’ entry into the Second Industrial Revolution. Hayes was a reformer who began the efforts that led to civil service reform and attempted, unsuccessfully, to reconcile the divisions that had led to the American Civil War fifteen years earlier.

Born in Delaware, Ohio, Hayes practiced law in Lower Sandusky (now Fremont) and was city solicitor of Cincinnati from 1858 to 1861. When the Civil War began, Hayes left a successful political career to join the Union Army. Wounded five times, most seriously at the Battle of South Mountain, he earned a reputation for bravery in combat and was promoted to the rank of major general. After the war, he served in the U.S. Congress from 1865 to 1867 as a Republican. Hayes left Congress to run for Governor of Ohio and was elected to two consecutive terms, serving from 1868 to 1872. After his second term had ended, he resumed the practice of law for a time, but returned to politics in 1876 to serve a third term as governor.

In 1876, Hayes was elected president in one of the most contentious and hotly disputed elections in American history. Although he lost the popular vote to Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, Hayes won the presidency by the narrowest of margins after a Congressional commission awarded him twenty disputed electoral votes. The result was the Compromise of 1877, in which the Democrats acquiesced to Hayes’s election and Hayes accepted the end of military occupation of the South.

Hayes believed in meritocratic government, equal treatment without regard to race, and improvement through education. He ordered federal troops to quell the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 and ordered them out of Southern capitals as Reconstruction ended. He implemented modest civil service reforms that laid the groundwork for further reform in the 1880s and 1890s. Hayes kept his pledge not to run for re-election. He retired to his home in Ohio and became an advocate of social and educational reform.

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Happy New Year

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

Christmas Greetings

December 25, 2012

Christmas postcard

General John A. Logan and the Beginning of Memorial Day

May 28, 2012

General Logan’s tomb at the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery on Harewood Road — just north of the old Soldiers’ Home

Almost two dozen communities claim the honor of having observed the first Memorial Day. With the Civil War recently over, it is likely that there were many local memorial days honoring those that had given their all for their country. Yet it is General John A. Logan who is most closely association with the holiday and given the most credit for making it a national holiday.

General Logan has this honor due to his official proclamation, as national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, to designated 30 May 1868 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.”
Logan’s call for remembrance was issued on 5 May 1868 in his General Order No. 11.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

Logan believed that the role he played in establishing this national holiday “was the proudest act” of his life. And it remains his greatest legacy.

General Logan died on December 26, 1886. His final resting place is just inside the gates of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery on Harewood Road, just north of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. His tomb is easy to visit for anyone in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Stereograph view of General John A. Logan, ca. 1861-1865, image from Library of Congress

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