Tag Archives: Memorial Day


Memorial Day

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: May 24, 2020
Memorial Day

“Originally, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day, meant to honor the Union and the Confederate soldiers who died during the American Civil War. By the 1900s it had become a day to celebrate all American soldiers who died while serving in the military. It wasn’t until 1967 that it was legally named Memorial Day.” (Source: https://www.softschools.com/facts/holidays/memorial_day_facts/158/) When I served in […]

Memorial Day Reflections

Author: David R. Kotok, Post Date: May 27, 2019

“[On Saturday, May 25,] more than 980 cadets became army second lieutenants at West Point’s football stadium. America’s Vice-President, Mike Pence, told them President Trump has proposed a $750bn defense budget for 2020 and said the US ‘is once again embracing our role as the leader of the free world.’ “ ‘It is a virtual […]

Memorial Day – 2014

Author: David Kotok, Post Date: May 25, 2014

It’s Memorial Day tomorrow. I will wear a poppy in my lapel. Thank you, Jason Trennert (Strategas), for sending me the poppy and the reminder of why wearing a poppy (http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/flanders.asp ) is so important. Military service has some legacy in my family. My father served in the US Navy, South Pacific, in World War […]

Memorial Day Poppy-Part 2

Author: David Kotok, Post Date: May 27, 2013

We offer thanks to many readers for their kind words and reflections they shared in response to Saturday’s “poppy” missive. There were numerous questions about poppies and the origin of the Memorial Day tradition. Some writers suggested that evidence goes back to the South at the end of the Civil War. Others point to different origins.  Robert […]

Memorial Day Poppies

Author: David Kotok, Post Date: May 25, 2013

Jason Trennert (Strategas) sent me a poppy with a note about its history and the famous poem "In Flanders Fields," written by John McCrae in 1915. Jason noted that poppies are worn more often in the UK and Canada than in the US. He said he "never learned or had forgotten that these were worn […]