Saturday, May 23, 2020

Saturday 9: Battle Hymn of the Republic

Saturday 9: Battle Hymn of the Republic (1963)

On Saturdays I take a break from the heavy stuff and have some fun…
Wow! I’m going to be home all weekend! First time in a month.

Unfamiliar with Judy Garland's rendition of this week's tune? Hear it here.

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, once when I was little. I remember watching the changing of the guard

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?

3) Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, because flowers and ribbons were left on graves of soldiers.  Do you find solace in visiting cemeteries?
No… but I will visit the cemetery on Tuesday. My father died on the 26th in 2006.

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?
I haven’t been on vacation in a very long time, most of the time I go up to the cottage.

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.
I don’t have one.

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 your life.
Just my father, he served in WWII. He was in the coastal defense force until the German U-boats were neutralized and then assigned to the South Pacific

7) Memorial Day is considered the beginning of the summer season. Will you be enjoying warm weather this weekend?
Yes, it supposed to rain Saturday but the other days are to be nice

8) Berries are especially popular in summer. Which is your favorite: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries?
Oh that is like asking how high is high. Where I go walking there are blackberries bushes if you know where to look.

9) If you could attend a Memorial Day picnic with any fictional character, which would you choose?
The Renunciate Magda Lorne
Lets see who know what book series she is from. No fair looking it up.

Answer:The Shattered Chain from the Darkovan series by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!


  1. I have no idea what book series.

  2. I think your trips to the cottage count as vacation.

  3. I have no clue on the book. I didn't have a song either so I just used one that reminded me of someone.

  4. It is good to see you again! I am glad you will have a couple of good days for the weekend. I think we may turn out to have better weather that they were thinking. They were saying it was going to rain all weekend, but now they are hoping mostly dry today and part of Sunday. Rain Monday and all next week.
    Thank-you to your family for their service! Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.

  5. Your book seems to be a mystery among these blogger ladies. I think to be able to retreat to a cabin would be equivalent to a vacation.