By: Revanche

Carnival of Personal Finance #259: Memorial Day Edition

May 31, 2010

Welcome to the Carnival of Personal Finance: Memorial Day Edition

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On May 5th, 1868, General John Logan issued General Order Number 11 officially proclaiming Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, and became a national holiday through the National Holiday Act of 1971. It was once meant to commemorate the lost soldiers of the Civil War but grew to encompass all those who gave “the last full measure of devotion.”

Today I wanted to share some of the traditions to honor those fallen soldiers, starting with the most famous war poem from World War I.   

Editor’s Picks My Money or My Health

Funny about Money: A PF Blogger’s Glass Ceiling?

Magical Penny: Should I Invest Using Pre-Tax or Post-Tax Money?

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Dividend Growth Investor: Why Dividend Growth Stocks Rock?

Money Obedience: Retail brokers skip financial planning

Dividends Value:11 Low Beta, High Quality Dividend Stocks

Smart On Money: Traditional And Roth IRA Contribution Limits And Phase Outs

Accumulating Money: Copper ETF Investing

Eventual Millionaire: Invest Responsibly: Make the World a Better Place

Gen Y Wealth: 7 of the Hottest Penny Stocks, Earn 112% Guaranteed

Grow Money: Emotionless Investing

MORE than Finances: Use Math To Alleviate Fear Of Stock Market Volatility

The Dough Roller: Zap Trade Launched by Zecco

The Smarter Wallet: Fundamental Analysis vs Technical Analysis: How Do You Invest?

Investing Toolkit: Crude Oil Market Prices Point To Possible Inflation

Investing Thesis: Is It Time To Buy, Sell or Hold Home Capital Group [HCG:TSX]

Financial Uproar: I’m Working On A Theory

Moina Michael
In response to John McCrae’s poem, Moina pledged to Keep the Faith and began the tradition of wearing red poppies as a remembrance emblem. 


Bargaineering: How to Analyze Credit Cards Reward Programs

Ask Mr. Credit Card: How Do Late Payments Affect a Co-Signer?

Free From Broke: What’s My Credit Score Made Of?


Weakonomics: Frugality is Dead

Musings of an Abstract Aucklander: Who can say no to a good bargain?

Independent Beginnings: Ways to Save Money on Home Decorating

Credit Card Finder: Credit Card Rewards or Credit Card Regrets? PF Comic #5

Ultimate Money Blog: What’s Your Average Monthly Grocery Cost?

Live Real, Now: Meal Plans

Savvy Money Tips: Savvy Money Blogger

Madame Guerin
Madame Guerin brought the custom back to her native France and sold artificial poppies to support war orphans and widows. 


Chicago Financial Planner: Financial Conferences and Stock Market Drops


PT Money: Stop the Money Leak or Divert the Flow

Narrow Bridge: Force Yourself to Live Paycheck to Paycheck

Modern Gal: Weighing the Student Loan Decision

Eliminate the Muda!: Nothing in Free – Everything Costs


Good Financial Cents: How to Make a 6 Figure Income Working at Home: Interview w/ My Wife Quit Her

Veterans of Foreign Wars 
After the Franco-American Children’s League disbanded in 1921, the VFW picked up the baton and sold poppies nationally.  This was the first time a veteran’s organization expanded to a nationwide distribution. 


Len Penzo dot Com: 19 Things Your Suburban Millionaire Neighbor Won’t Tell You

Balance Junkie: TFSA Withdrawal Rules


Penny for my Thoughts: The Kids Aren’t All Right

One Money Design: Emergency Fund Versus Getting Out of Debt 


FiscalGeek: You Need a Budget (YNAB) for the iPhone Review 

VFW and the “Buddy Poppy”
The term “Buddy Poppy” was registered and trademarked in 1924; the intent was to reserve the assembly of the Buddy Poppies for disabled and needy veterans to provide an income for the veterans, maintain rehabilitation and service programs, and provide some support for the war orphans and widows. 

Money Management

Ace of Wealth:Breaking the status quo

Hundred Goals: Debt or Savings?

Financially Poor: 5 Essentials For Personal Finance Success

Free Money Finance: The Ten Worst Money Mistakes Anyone Can Make

Well-Heeled Blog: Swimming in a Sea of Consumer Electronic Devices

Hope to Prosper: How Much Should We Give Our Children?

The Digerati Life: How To Lower Your Homeowners Insurance Premiums

Studenomics: I Need To Fix My Spending Habits ASAP!


Wealth Pilgrim: IRA Restrictions – A Guide To Your Best IRA

 Moina Michael was acknowledged as the founder of the Red Poppy Movement when the Post Office issued a 3 cent stamp with her likeness in 1948.

Real Estate

Money Beagle: You Can Afford A Bigger House, But Should You Buy One?

Money Help For Christians: How to Pay Off the Mortgage Early


Science And Money: Sovereign Debt Worries

Personal Finance Analyst: Recession and Religion: How are Churches Faring During the Recession? Liberalism and Its Welfare Economics Must Die If the Global Economy Is Going to Survive

Everything Else

My Dollar Plan: 3 Ways to Use Life Insurance During Life

Foreigner’s Finances: Use Google Calendar to Organize Your Money

Provident Planning: Raising a Cow for Beef: Month


As always, thanks to everyone for reading and contributing to the Carnival!

10 Responses to “Carnival of Personal Finance #259: Memorial Day Edition”

  1. Awesome theme! “In Flanders Field” is one of the most affecting poems that’s ever been written, I think.

    Thanks for the editor’s pick, too.

  2. Revanche,

    Thanks a million for including my post. Happy Memorial Day.


  3. 444 says:

    Thanks for posting the poem. I saw it elsewhere but I admit I barely skimmed it. This time I read it, and I’m glad I did.

  4. Awesome! Thank you for hosting.

  5. Darren says:

    Thanks for including my post! Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day weekend.

  6. Len Penzo says:

    Thanks for hosting, Revanche! Great job on the carnival!


    Len Penzo dot Com

  7. Thanks a ton for hosting 🙂

  8. Thanks for hosting and including our post! I like the way you include bits of wisdom and a poem in blue. Very well done!

  9. Money Beagle says:

    Thanks for hosting and including my post! Have a great week!

  10. Adam says:

    Thank you so much for featuring my first ever video post as an Editor’s Pick. Honoured! 🙂

    There are some great articles here so I look forward to reading them tonight.

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