23 May 2020
Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've
committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday.
Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be
totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We
encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we
don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however,
and here is today's meme!
Saturday 9: Battle Hymn of the Republic (1963)
Unfamiliar with Judy Garland's rendition of this week's tune? Hear it
Memorial Day is the federal holiday designated to honor American service
people who died in battle.
1) On May 30, 1868, President
Grant presided over the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery.
Have you ever visited Arlington Cemetery?
Yes. At least once, maybe twice. I think the first time I went to
see JFK's grave and then went back again after RFK was buried there.
2) On Memorial Day, it is customary to fly the flag at half-staff until noon
and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset. Will you be flying the
flag at your home this weekend?
No. We don't own a flag. But I didn't know about the tradition of
flying at half staff and then raising to the top.
3) Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, because flowers and
ribbons were left on graves of soldiers. Do you find solace in visiting
Solace, no, though I do stop by the Davis cemetery now and then to visit the
kids. Before Walt and I were married we used to explore old cemeteries.
Some interesting stories in cemeteries. I remember one very sad one that
we went to in Ohio where there were 8 people from the same family who were
buried in a row, all dying within days of one another. I wonder if years
from now there will be the same sort of grouping from people who died of
4) The lyrics to this week's song were written by Julia Ward Howe in 1861.
Her inspiration was a White House visit with Abraham Lincoln. In 2020, under
normal circumstances, public tours of the White House are available but you must
request your ticket in advance from your Member of Congress (House or Senate).
When you travel, do you plan your trip weeks before you go? Or do you decide how
your days will unfold once you reach your destination?
It depends. A little of both, I guess. Probably more "unfold" than
"plan," though we have also planned. We have been to the White House
twice, the first time during the Kennedy administration -- and what a difference
in the tour (especially the security involved) when we went the second time --
it may have been during the Regan administration.
5) Judy Garland performed this week's song before a live audience as a
tribute to President Kennedy, who had been assassinated just weeks before. She
knew Kennedy personally and considered this a farewell to a friend. While the
performance was difficult for her -- at one point she flubs the lyrics -- she
believed it was important, and could perhaps help the country heal. Tell us
about a song that reminds you of someone you loved who is no longer with us.
Additional info about that Garland recording. She wanted to sing it the
next show after Kennedy died, but was told she could not, so it was several
weeks later before she could finally perform it. A song that reminds me of
someone no longer with us is "In the Arms of the Angel," which Paul's widow and
Marta sang at Paul's memorial service.
6) John F. Kennedy served in WWII and was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps
medal and a Purple Heart. His brother Joe also served and was awarded the Navy
Cross, but he received his citation posthumously, having died during a flying
mission over East Suffolk, England. Here at Saturday 9, we consider everyone who
serves a hero and want to hear about the veterans and active military members in
I had an uncle who was captured and kept in a German prison camp for many
months. This is the telegram they received that let them know he had been
They said that he learned how to knit
from his mother and while in the prison camp he knitted a sweater and then
unraveled it and knitted it again, to keep himself busy.
7) Memorial Day is considered the
beginning of the summer season. Will you be enjoying warm weather this weekend?
I think it's going to get into the high 90s this weekend. Whether I will
ENJOY that weather is another question.
8) Berries are especially popular in summer. Which is your favorite:
strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries?
A toss up between strawberries and blackberries, though it's much easier to get
9) If you could attend a Memorial Day picnic with any fictional character,
which would you choose?
How about Tarzan?