Teganjaz Books Presents and Author Tracy L. Darity
Salutes Our Fallen Soldiers
 Origin And Birthplace Of  Memorial Day
On May 5, 1868, the Grand Army of the Republic established Memorial Day or Decoration Day as the national day to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers with flowers. Major General John A. Logan appointed May 30 as the day to be observed. Arlington National Cemetery had the first observance of the day on a grand scale. The place was appropriate as it already housed graves of over 20,000 Union dead and several hundred Confederate dead. Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant presided the meeting and the center point of these Memorial Day ceremonies was the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion. Speeches were followed by a march of soldiers' children and orphans and members of the GAR through the cemetery strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves. They also recited prayers and sang hymns for the dead.

Even before this declaration, local observances for these war dead were being held at various places. In Columbus, Miss., a group of women visited a cemetery on April 25 1866, to decorate the graves of Confederate soldiers and the Union soldiers whop fell at the battle of Siloh. Many cities in the North and the South claim to be the first to celebrate Memorial Day in 1866 but Congress and President Lyndon Johnson officially declared Waterloo in New York as the 'birthplace' of Memorial Day in 1966. It was said that on May 5, 1866, a ceremony was held here to honor local soldiers and sailors who fought in the Civil War, businesses were closed for the day and residents furled flags at half-mast. It was said to be the first formal, community-wide and regular event.

In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by the Congress, who designated the last Monday in May as the day for its observance. Many states observe separate Confederate Memorial Days. Mississippi observes it on the last Monday of April, Alabama on the fourth Monday of April, Georgia on April 26, North and South Carolina on May 10 and Louisiana and Tennessee on June 3. In Tennessee, the day is named as 'Confederate Decorations Day' while Texas observes 'Confederate Heroes Day' on January 19. In Virginia, Memorial Day is better known as 'May Confederate Memorial Day.'
Moment Of Remembrance
In 1996, a humanitarian organization based in Washington, D.C., known as 'No Greater Love' conducted a survey on children and asked them why do they think there is a holiday on Memorial Day. It was agonizing to hear their remarks that were all associated with barbecues and extended weekend parties and celebration, while they hadn't the vaguest idea about the sacrifices of the soldiers in whose honor it is celebrated. One of the children was even quoted as saying that this was the day when swimming pools open!

Thus, the organization came up with the idea of 'National Moment of Remembrance' to remind and especially, let the future generations know about the real meaning of the holiday. The idea clicked with the President and Congress and since 1997, it became a standard American tradition.  National Moment of Remembrance requires everybody to keep silent for a minute, exactly at 3.00 pm (local time) when 'Taps' is played and reflect on the glory of those who have shed blood for us. The federal government hopes to raise public awareness about the heroes and their valor by introducing this moment.
What's Been Going On?
I am often asked what I'm working on and when will my next book be released.  May 3rd I completed all requirements for my Associate of Arts Degree from St. Petersburg College  (Woohoo!).  It is my goal to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English at the University of South Florida in the Fall (Prayers needed).  With this first goal accomplished I will have free time to do some writing so I hope to have something for you all in early 2014.  

Soooo, what else has been occupying my time?  I have taken a dive into journalism and below is some of my featured work.  God has also blessed me to work on a newly formed ministry at the church I attend, Mt. Zion Progressive M.B.C.  Through our Journalism Team we produced the inaugural edition of the church's Progressive Impact Magazine.  Hope you enjoy!


The Red Bear Society - Pg 24

God's Kitchen: The Open Cafe - pg 28


The Leadership Files: Who's Moving Up & Who's Moving On - Pg 13

To Whom Much is Given: Spotlight on Delquanda S. Turner - Pg 50  


Sarasota's Westcoast Black Theater Troupe - pg 38

The Woman & Her Gift:  Why Annie Godbee Gave $50,000 to the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg - Pg 54


Watson Haynes Opens Up About the Future of The Pinellas Urban League - Pg 24

How to Make Your Business Work for You:  Spotlight on Grand Dames Car Service - pg 30

From Civil Rights Activist to Urban Gardner: Winnie Foster Pg. 76

Calling All Churches to Speak Loud & Clear on HIV/AIDS: Dr. James Favorite - pg. 78

Your Internet Portal for All Things Gospel - Pg 80

It's Time to Rise-Up St. Pete: One Pastor's Passion for Racial Resolve Drives a New Ministry, Mission  Pg 90 


The Z-Team - Pg  8 - 13

Life After Loss - Pg 32

Prophetic Praise: On getting to Happy  Pg 34

Starting Over:  Through Christ I Can - Pg 36

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Tracy L. Darity

The Red Bear Society
by Tracy L. Darity by Teganjaz Books Presents...Kindle Edition ~ Release Date: 2012-02-01

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Love....Like Snow In Florida On A Hot Summer Day
by Tracy L. Darity by Createspace
Kindle Edition ~ Release Date: 2010-02-26
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He Loves Me He Loves Me Not!
by Tracy L. Darity by Booksurge
Kindle Edition ~ Release Date: 2008-11-13
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Hope you enjoy this Memorial Day and take a moment to not only acknowledge those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice but also show gratitude to a US veteran and/or active military personnel you may know personally.  A simple Thank you can go a long way.
Peace & Blessings,
Tracy Darity
Teganjaz Books Presents
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