Friday, May 8, 2009
A long weekend ahead
I realized yesterday that Monday is a holiday here. It's Confederate Memorial Day which the state celebrates. It is a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Confederate Memorial Day has been a state holiday in North and South Carolina that falls on May 10th for 140 some years. It coincides with Stonewall Jackson's death and the capture of CSA President Jefferson Davis.
I had ancestors who fought in the "Wawah". My mother was a passionate historian who told me many stories that were passed down to her regarding my great-grandfather who returned intact with his horse, Old Rock, after being in several battles.
I have to confess that I've not celebrated this paid holiday in any meaningful way, largely because I think that this was such a dark time in our country's history. These were horribly bloody times with so many deaths that it is unimaginable. Because I grew up in Virginia around so many battlefields, I also see that for those people serious about their heritage, the holiday should be respected. Maybe this is a time for them to discuss the actual history and share stories that have been passed down. The soldiers who fought weren't evil, they were just soldiers caught up in a cruel war the way soldiers usually are.
Tonight, I'm going out on Compass Rose and will sail to the anchorage and enjoy Saturday there. Then, I'll head back home in time for Mother's Day. My wife's parents are coming over for dinner and I'll go to lunch with the parents of a good friend to celebrate his mother. There's a lot going on this weekend around town. It's supposed to be hot with no rain. So I think that the boat will be a good place to be because of ocean breezes.
I hope that each of you has a good day doing what you enjoy.