Monday, May 30, 2011

We Are Going Here Memorial Day

Military Home - Dayton Oh

Postmarked 29 May 1922
Dayton, Ohio

Front: We are going here, Memorial Day. 
Back: Dear Helen: / How are you (and 'Dutch')? Ha! I have been here a week and am having the lovliest time. / Edith and Bobby are well. He is the dearest little fellow now, but he keeps me busy answering his questions. Edith's husband has a radio set, so we have good times 'listening in'! We can hear all the good music and lectures. Lovingly, Mary - Bowers
Before the Veteran's Administration was created in 1930, the Central Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers provided rehabilitation and medical care to veterans of the Civil War and World War I. According to the Department of Veteran's Affairs website:
From the outset, Veterans were given a zest for life through healthful exercise, reading, music, and charming surroundings, and healthcare programs prepared them to re-enter society. The founders took great pride in establishing rehabilitative workshops during the first year of operation. The Veterans were taught a trade, or how to carry on a business, in order to become independent of the Soldiers Home.
From the website, it looks like this postcard captures the parade grounds, which seemed to be a site of a boisterous Memorial Day celebration. explains that Memorial Day, which honors the men and women who died while serving in the military, was originally known as Decoration Day. It did not become an official federal holiday until 1971.

Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


MuseSwings said...

A very timely postcard for this day of remembering. I don't know it was possible to have an exciting time in Dayton Ohio... but hey, someone who loves listening to lectures on the radio would.

Mark S. said...

Nice card and great information. Thanks, Aimee!

Christine H. said...

What a perfect post for Memorial Day.

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