Saturday, May 26, 2012
“Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.” This poignant directive appeared three years after the end of the Civil War as part of General Orders 11, which established Decoration Day (now Memorial Day) as an occasion to lay flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers. That tradition continues today.
Where Valor Rests, a series of photographic essays on the history and traditions of Arlington National Cemetery, is a profoundly moving tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave their lives for this country. It can be found in the Library's nonfiction collection.
The Library will be closed on Sunday, May 27, and Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.