The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 31, 2002


Memorial Day May 27, 2002

Part of the Carlisle Memorial Day celebration each year is the keynote address usually given by a Carlisle veteran. This year was a little different. The speakers this year were Carlisle School's third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students, whose essays answering the question, "What Memorial Day Means to Me," were chosen to be delivered in a shortened version at formal exercises in Corey auditorium on Monday. The history and language arts departments directed the project and selected the essays to be presented.

Speaking to family and friends who had filled Corey auditorium, the students shared these thoughts and words:

Sarah MacMullen plays the Taps echo at the Green Cemetery ceremonies. (Photo by Ellen Huber)
Memorial Day means:

red, white and blue ribbons
the National Anthem
wishes for peace
saluting the U.S. flag


Memorial Day

Day is done
Gone the sun...
Taps is only one of the songs we sing here on Memorial Day. In Carlisle we have a parade to honor the veterans who served all the wars.

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because after the Civil War people would decorate the graves of those who died in the battles.

After that, they thought there would be no more wars. Unfortunately there were 6 more, so they changed it to Memorial Day to honor all those brave soldiers who have fought.

To me, Memorial Day is a day of parades, music, and red, white, and blue. We must remember why we celebrate this holiday: to honor the nation's army, navy, and heroes of America.

Old Glory

The red, white, and blue

represents soldiers who

fought in a war

for freedom evermore!

I'm proud of these men

and that I'm an American

so I'll celebrate this day

God bless the U.S.A.!

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day of happiness and sadness. The purpose of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, is to remember the fighting men who risked their lives for the people of America and our country. It helps us remember the fighting men from America who fought in the Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and also the Gulf War.

To me the word "war" is frightening. Those young men have lots of courage to do something like that. I am very proud of these people who went without even knowing what lies in the path ahead. The reason we have the parade is to celebrate the people who were in war, but mostly the people who sacrificed a life.

Altogether I am very glad I am an American and I hope you are too.

Memorial Day

The bloody battlefields, the people who died, the hatred between the states, all of this brought together the Civil War, the war in which so many people died. People come together to remember all of the wars in which so many people gave up their lives for, the thing that they wanted to defend, their country. This day means so much to me because of the patriots on both sides who fought for what they believed in. In every war so much was lost, loved ones, hope, even in the end winning didn't mend the hearts of those who lost someone in war.

Memorial Day is an opportunity to decorate the graves of all the people who helped fight the war for freedom. So many lines of graves, each with a bouquet of poppies next to it. Hatred, malice, is this what thousands upon thousands of young men should be dying for? Nothing is ever solved with fighting. Memorial Day means so much to me.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day when we remember the people who fought for our country's freedom. On Memorial Day, my family and I go to the parade. We follow the parade to the different graveyards. We listen to the ceremonies. I think Memorial Day is a good way to remember our heroes who risked their lives for us.

Memorial Day

Memories we think about on this day

Everyone we remember that was important to us and some we never knew

Muskets fire to remember those in war

Onward the band marches while playing their instruments

Remembering our freedom on this day

Imagining the pain the soldiers went through

Awareness of what our country had to do

Locals come to walk around their cemeteries

Determination these citizens had to win the war

American flags are waving around town

Years to honor people, and remember who had to suffer to make this country so great.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day,
One time a year
when graves become
flooded with tears.
To me?
not much yet
No close one's grave
with memories there
whose voice I crave.
To Mom?
A lot!
I'm sad to say
She grieved when Uncle Jack
Died that day.
I'm not sure
that I could endure
That kind of pain
Although I didn't know him,
I'm sorry to say.
Memorial Day,
One special time a year,
to recall the memories
of bygone days.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is...

a day to honor and remember people who gave their lives up for our country.
I can see
red, paper poppies pinned to people's shirts.
I feel good
when I see the veterans putting wreaths on monuments.
I feel good
seeing the American flag fly.
I can hear
military bands playing patriotic music.
I hear the National Anthem in my head.
I feel very lucky to live in a country where people are free.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember all the soldiers who died in war. These brave men and women gave their lives for our country. They were truly special people to fight for what they believed in. I don't think anyone could be as brave as them. I'm not sure if I would be able to leave my family and friends to do what they did.

If I could talk to those people, I would say so much more. I think it's so patriotic that you fought for our country knowing you could lose your life. But you fought anyway. I did not know you, but I'm proud of you.

It's really amazing that so many people were willing to make such a huge sacrifice for freedom. For all of you who fought and lived I'm glad you made it home. For all of you who fought and died, I thank you.

The Hill Of White

I once stood in the "hill of white." Arlington Cemetery, Virginia. It was dotted with white graves like it was snowing. It was cold snow, bitter memories, that make you shiver. However, the snow can be nice. You think of how much honor you feel. The country is united once again. There are so many memories you imagine. It pulls you back in time.

Fort Sumter, 1861. The Confederacy fires at the unhappy Union. This will be the start of America's bloodiest conflict, all over slavery. Confederates support this, Unions do not. The Confederates will soon elect Jefferson Davis as their own president. They have separated from the Union.

Gettysburg, 1863. Confederates are winning the war. The Unions still fight. It is good they have continued. They must end this awful war! The Confederacy is over-confident. The Unions win the battle. It is the turning point of the war.

1865. Unions have won the war! As Walt Whitman said,

Exult, O shores" and ring, O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

This is the sad part. "Honest Abe" (Abraham Lincoln) died right after America's bloodiest conflict. It seemed so joyous" the Union had won, and then Mr. Booth shot Lincoln in a theater while the audience was laughing.

Today, Memorial Day is celebrated for the Civil War, as well as the Spanish-American, World Wards I and II, the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars. However, it is still important to know Civil War history now ... so you can honor it later.

Alexander Sayde
grade four

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito