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Remembering those who died for all of us

Remembering those who died for all of us

In memory of all who gave their lives.

From Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW):

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

Burial Locations of Veterans

Search for burial locations of Veterans and their family members in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Cemeteries, state Veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for Veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.

The Nationwide Gravesite Locator includes burial records from many sources. These sources provide varied data; some searches may contain less information than others. Information on Veterans buried in private cemeteries was collected for the purpose of furnishing government grave markers, and the VA does not have information available for burials prior to 1997.

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How to Use SLA Connect – Advice from SLA Leadership and Management Division (LMD)

How to Use SLA Connect – Advice from SLA Leadership and Management Division (LMD)

The following is from the SLA Leadership and Management Division (LMD), but it has sound advice on using SLA Connect that can be used by SLA members in other SLA divisions as well. – Travis Ferrell

SLA Connect is LMD’s primary channel for keeping you informed. Key information about the 2017 SLA Annual Conference will be sent in the coming months, as well as webinar announcements and leadership tips throughout the year.

If you aren’t getting these LMD announcements via email, it’s easy to initiate notifications from the LMD community. You can choose to receive either immediate message delivery or the daily digest of LMD messages sent that day – just click here for a quick “how to.”

As well as a being the primary channel for important information about the Division’s activities, the LMD Community on SLA Connect is a great tool you can use for networking with your fellow LMD members. I urge you to connect to SLA Connect today!

Thank you,

Ethel Salonen
Chair, SLA LMD Division

Hi everyone,

Following up on Ethel’s message of April 13 (below), here are some additional resources up for using SLA Connect.

– Download Webinar:  SLA Connect Quick Tips 

– Access Online:  Webinar SLA Connect Quick Tips (you will need to register with your email to view

– View our reference guide document: Six Tips for SLA Connect

If you are not receiving messages from LMD via SLA Connect, you are missing information about the activities of your division. Please get connected today!

Thank you,

Elizabeth Trudell,
Communications Director, LMD

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Military Libraries Training Workshop Update for April 10th, 2017

Military Libraries Training Workshop Update for April 10th, 2017

The Military Libraries Training Workshop (MLTW) is the major training opportunity provided by the Military Libraries Division (DMIL) of SLA.

MLTW 2017 will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Arlington, Virginia from Tuesday, December 5th through Thursday, December 7th, 2017. The Workshop Dinner will be at 6:00pm, Wednesday, December 6th, 2017.

Each day of MLTW will have its own theme.

Tuesday, December 5th – Exemplary Service

Wednesday, December 6th – Innovation

Thursday, December 7th – Leadership

We are especially happy to announce that we will have a seasoned panel of military librarian leaders for our Leadership day.

More updates will be forthcoming throughout the year. We will keep you informed.


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