day of observance
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.
This observance was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on May 30, 1868. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
– Moina Michael
Robert W. Sammon, my great-great grandfather died so young; I’ve never seen a photograph of him, but I have an image of him in my mind.
Robert W. Sammon, born February 8, 1837 in Georgia and died March 19, 1864, leaving behind a wife and young son.
Robert W. Sammon enlisted as a Private in Company I, 16th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army Northern Virginia in May 1863 [Gwinnett County, Georgia].
He died of disease in the Civil War, March 19, 1864.
Sammon, R. W.- private May 1863. Died of disease March 1864.