Subject: Legends of America Newsletter May 2023 - Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori

Memorial Day and Who it Honors, Indian Removal Act of 1830, Landmarks on the Oregon Trail, America's Mother Road, and more!!

Legends of America Newsletter - May 2023

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori (It is sweet and proper to die for one's country.)

Before the Great War, these Latin words, by the Roman poet Horace in 1st Century BC, evoked deep emotion and patriotism. You can still find the phrase carved in stone on monuments and in national cemeteries worldwide.

For Americans in the 19th Century, those words held prideful memories of friends and loved ones who died for our country, in our country. From the Revolution to the Spanish American War, between 1774 and 1899, over 800,000 American citizens died in battle. Most of them saving the Nation from ourselves.

By 1900, the phrase evolved to a more cautious and optimistic toast to the new Century.

Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, sed dulcius pro patria vivere, et dulcissimum pro patria bibere. Ergo, bibamus pro salute patriae. (It is sweet and fair to die for one's country, but sweeter to live for one's country, and to drink the sweetest for one's country. Therefore, let us drink for the safety of the country.)

In 1921, on the heels of World War I, the poem Dulce et Decorum est, written by English soldier and poet Wilfred Owen who died in battle, was published posthumously. The poem describes and condemns the horrors of war, giving vivid imagery describing a chlorine gas attack on his unit. He ends the poem with:

My friend, you would not tell with such high zest

To children ardent for some desperate glory,

The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est

Pro patria mori.

Describing the often-used Latin phrase as "The old Lie," Owen touched on the sentiment of many who decried what they saw as war propaganda. Still, plenty of patriots held true to the intent when our nation was attacked in 1941, bringing us into the second world war. Since 1900, over 620,000 more Americans have perished in War. With the military draft of yesteryear, it's safe to assume not all those held that death was sweet and proper. But many did. And laid down their lives in honor of Country.

What would our Nation be without those who still give credence to those words, "It is sweet and proper to die for one's country"? Men and women, who have paid the ultimate price to serve, gave our nation the honor of being a world power, a beacon of freedom and hope. If not for those actively willing to trade their lives in the pursuit of freedom, would we have the facility to toast the safety of the country?

Take time this Memorial Day to truly appreciate these American heroes. If not for their sacrifice, I could be writing this newsletter in German. (Keine Beleidigung für unsere deutschen Freunde)

With profound gratitude,

Dave & Kathy

Initially created to honor Union soldiers killed during the Civil War, national cemeteries have become memorials to all United States veterans.

What's New on LOA

Here are some of the recent additions since our last newsletter

Coral Court Motel - Vanished From St. Louis, Missouri - The Coral Court Motel in Marlborough, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, was an exceptional example of art deco and streamlined modern architectural styles of the 1930s and 1940s on Route 66.

Buckroe Beach in Hampton, Virginia - Buckroe Beach, a neighborhood of Hampton, Virginia, is north of Fort Monroe on the Chesapeake Bay. The amusement park that was once here is gone today.

John Margolies - Roadside Photographer - John Margolies was a fantastic photographer, author, and architectural critic who captured thousands of photographs of buildings and roadside attractions between 1969 and 2008.

Potlach Ceremony of Native Americans - The ceremony celebrated a change of rank or status with dancing, feasting, and gifts. Those of the Northwest Coast associated prestige with wealth, and the potlatcher gained prestige according to how liberally he gave.

Tlingit Tribe of the Northwest - The Tlingit tribe once controlled all the land that extends more than 500 miles from Yakutat Bay to the British Columbia border south of present-day Ketchikan, Alaska. Their name for themselves is Lingít, meaning “people of the tides.”

Missouri Pacific Railroad - The Missouri Pacific Railroad, also known as the MoPac, was one of the first railroads in the United States west of the Mississippi River.

From vintage photos of the Old West, Native Americans, Nostalgic American Scenes, and Advertising to current photos of Route 66 and travel destinations across America, Legends Of America's Photo Print Shop features hundreds of vintage and current photos available in prints and digital downloads.

Did You Know?

Signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May 28, 1830, the Indian Removal Act paved the way for the reluctant and often forcible emigration of tens of thousands of American Indians to the West.

Landmarks Along the Oregon Trail

As hopeful travelers set out on their journey across the overland trails in the 1840s and 50s, they looked forward to the fertile farmland of Oregon and the start of a new life. Although their eyes were focused on their goal, they experienced hardships and saw landmarks that lived in their memories for the rest of their lives.

Route 66 Postcards from Legends' General Store

Our collection of Route 66 postcards includes new, custom, and vintage postcards of America's Mother Road. Includes postcards from every state on the Route - Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

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America's Mother Road

The often romanticized Mother Road inspires in many of us a nostalgic bone that niggles at something buried deep within us. While some may see Route 66 as a link to our parents and grandparents, others may feel the freedom the road provided to those early travelers. And then, for those who live continuously in the nostalgic past, the Mother Road is the next adventure beyond the Santa Fe Trail. Whatever the reason, the Mother Road is an experience, a feeling, a perception, a taste of sight and sound, and a mystery that can only be resolved by driving the pavement itself.

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