I went back in the archives and found some favorites from past Memorial Day weekends.
Memorial Day commemoration at Andersonville NHS, Andersonville GA (2005)
A great-great(-great?) grandfather was a POW at Andersonville.
Fort Pulaski, near Savannah GA (2006)
Battle for Fort Pulaski was first significant use of rifled cannons. Fortifications bombarded from over 1 mile away. Masonry fortifications immediately rendered obsolete. Fort surrendered after 30 hours. Union General David Hunter issued a General Order #11 freeing area slaves. His order, 8 months prior to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, was immediately rescinded by Lincoln.
"The three States of Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, comprising the military department of the south, having deliberately declared themselves no longer under the protection of the United States of America, and having taken up arms against the said United States, it becomes a military necessity to declare them under martial law. This was accordingly done on the 25th day of April, 1862. Slavery and martial law in a free country are altogether incompatible; the persons in these three States — Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina— heretofore held as slaves, are therefore declared forever free.
– Maj. Gen. David Hunter, Department of the South, General Order No. 11, May 9, 1862"
View from Grandfather Mountain, NC (2007)
Andersonville & Fort Pulaski - Canon G3 (love that little camera!) add-on wide angle lens. Can see some of the resulting chromatic aberration along roofline in Andersonville pic.
Grandfather Mountain - Nikon D80, ISO 400, 1/400, f16 135mm handheld. Caught without tripod on hike.
I came; I saw; I shot; I shared.