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Memorial Day 2012 in United States

Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed annually in the United States on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. (Southern ladies organizations and southern schoolchildren had decorated Confederate graves in Richmond and other cities during the Civil War, but each region had its own date. Most dates were in May.) By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Happy Memorial Day

“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.” — Minot J. Savage, Decorating the Soldiers’ Graves

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It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is combined with Jefferson Davis’ Birthday in Mississippi.


Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. This day is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season for cultural events. For the fashion conscious, it is seen as acceptable to wear white clothing, particularly shoes from Memorial Day until Labor Day. However, fewer and fewer people follow this rule and many wear white clothing throughout the year.

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“Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act? Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?” — Henry Ward Beecher

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“Is’t death to fall for Freedom’s right?
He’s dead alone who lacks her light!” — Thomas Campbell, Hallowed Ground

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“Alas, how can we help but mourn
When hero bosoms yield their breath!
A century itself may bear
But once the flower of such a death.” — Silar Weir Mitchell, Herndon

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“The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree.” — Thomas Campbell, Stanzas

U.S. and French flags are displayed on the graves of the American Cemetery

“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” — Joseph Rodman Drake, To the Defenders of New Orleans

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“Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead!
There’s none of these so lonely and poor of old,
But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold.” — Rupert Brooke, The Dead


History: Memorial Day 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, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. 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). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Mark Zuckerberg (Co-founder of Facebook) and Priscilla Chan Get Married

Priscilla Chan has long been known as the girlfriend of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but on last Saturday she updated her status to the billionaire’s wife. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan are finally married after dating on and off for nine years, since the couple’s Harvard days.


The bride wore a $4,700 Claire Pettibone dress… but all eyes weren’t on Priscilla Chan’s wedding gown: they were on Mark Zuckerberg’s suit – proof the man does own something other than a hoodie. The facebook founder married his girlfriend of nine years this weekend in a surprise ceremony in his backyard.

Priscilla Chan became Mrs Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday when they wed at their home in Palo Alto




The couple was spotted during their trip to Shanghai


Mr Zuckerberg, who had previously dropped out of Harvard to run his company, went back to campus for Chan's 2007 graduation


Mark Zuckerberg is pictured with his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan playing with their puppy


Couple in their home show an interest in food


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Mother’s Day 2012 – Gift Ideas and Quotes

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society. We’re reminding you of this because Mother’s Day 2012 happens to be just around the corner, and we sincerely hope you’ve got plans to show as well as tell your mom how much you appreciate her. If you haven’t figured out a strategy, we’re here to help get you on the right track by providing great mother’s day gift ideas most moms will love.


Never marry a man who hates his mother, because he’ll end up hating you. by Jill Bennett


A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary. by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

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A mother understands what a child does not say. by Jewish Proverb


Your arms were always open when I needed a hug. Your heart understood when I needed a friend. Your gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Your strength and love has guided me and gave me wings to fly. by Sarah Malin


Anyone who doesn’t miss the past never had a mother. by Gregory Nunn


Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.


Men are what their mothers made them. by Ralph Waldo Emerson


A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. by Washington Irving


My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. by George Washington, U.S. President


All I am or can be I owe to my angel Mother. by Abraham Lincoln



Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women’s opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits can also be found in mothering. by Elaine Heffner


A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. by Tenneva Jordan


The Miracle of Life nurtured by a woman who gave us love and sacrifice…MOTHER. by Joel Barquez


There is no velvet so soft as a mother’s lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps. by Archibald Thompson


Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother. by Lin Yutang, Chinese writer


That best academy, a mother’s knee. by James Russell Lowell, poet, critic and diplomat


Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground. by Zora Neale Hurston, folklorist and writer


Nobody knows of the work it makes
To keep the home together.
Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
Nobody knows-but Mother.  by Anonymous

Happy New Year 2012 – Wallpaper

We have come to the end of yet another year, just in time for another roundup of wallpapers for your New Year 2012 celebrations for your desktop. It is a new way to saying Happy New Year by sending New Year Wallpapers & Backgrounds to your love once. On behalf of the Wondrouspics team, we wish you all a Happy New Year and hope that 2012 brings you much success and prosperity in all your endeavors. Have a look and take a joyride through these wonderful Happy New Year wallpapers with famous quotes.

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