I ended up going up to my cousin's for both a Memorial Day cook out and a celebration of his wife to be graduating from college. As I was heading out, I thought the angle of the sun would be good for catching one of the statues in Ypsilanti.
One of the most dangerous jobs in the Civil War was that of the flag bearer. Because the regimental colors were used as a rallying and focus point, the opposing side would tend to take those soldiers out.
In fact, Arthur MacArthur Jr. (the father of Douglas MacArthur) was awarded the Medal of Honor after retrieving the regimental colors and planting them on Missionary Ridge during the Chattanooga Campaign. He rallied the men by shouting "On Wisconsin". Because of this, he was brevetted to Colonel and at the age of 19 was nicknamed the "Boy Colonel". He would later get severely wounded during the Battle of Franklin.
He was mustered out of the service in June of 1965 and started to study law. He didn't like that, so he went back in the Army and started to fight in the Indian Wars. He would then go on to fight in the Spanish-American War and the Phillippines Wars. In 1902, he was named the Military Governor of the Phillippines. He would retire from the service in 1909 at the age of 64 and was one of the last members of the military to have served in the Civil War.
His son Douglas MacArthur would get awarded the Medal of Honor in World War II, making them the first father-son combination to receive the Medal.
Anyway, while you are enjoying your barbecues or whatever else you do on Memorial Day, remember the folks the day is dedicated to.