THE MUFFLED drum’s sad roll has beat The soldier’s last tattoo; No more on Life’s parade shall meet That brave and fallen few. On Fame’s eternal camping-ground 5 Their silent tents are spread, And Glory guards, with solemn round, The bivouac of the dead.
Bivouac Of The Dead, by Theodore O’Hara
Happy Memorial Day to all my friends and followers..We are currently at Ft. Picken’s campground in Pensacola, Fl. I can’t think of a better place (with the exception of Washington DC) to celebrate Memorial Day.
Civil War Fort on Pensacola Bay
Fort Pickens has guarded the entrance of
Florida’s Pensacola Bay for more than 175
years. Located on the western tip of Santa
Rosa Island, the fort is part of Gulf Islands
Built between 1829 and 1834 to defend the
coastal city of Pensacola and its important
Navy Yard, Fort Pickens was the largest of
the four U.S. forts at Pensacola Bay. With Fort
on the mainland, it was designed to sweep
the entrance to the bay with cannon fire.
As I sit upon this battery, I reflect on all the dogs and other animals who have served our country (along with humans, of course). Where would this old girl be without the freedom they so selflessly defended? I can run free in this great country of ours. Had I been born in another time, I would have liked to have served here at Ft. Pickens guarding these beautiful beaches from all intruders.
Fort Pickens was used as a prison for
Geronimo and other Apaches in the years
after the Civil War. Additional batteries and
other defenses were constructed in and
around the fort over the years and it remained
an important military post until 1947.
Wow, who knew Geronimo was a prisoner here???
This park has more Osprey’s than Ft. Desoto in St. Petersburg. I think if I was an Osprey, this is where I would like to live. The fishing must be great and to feel the salt air on your wings is as close to heaven as a bird can get. But, I love being the traveling dog that I am. Ft. Picken’s has some very interesting sights, sounds and smells which appeal to my senses.
Being a dog of peace, I applaud our president for this proclamation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time to unite in prayer. I also ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.
Please remember to remember those who served our great country so we can continue to live free. Our hearts and souls are with those who still suffer. We applaud your courage.