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Day for remembrance approaching
M emorial Day, also known as Decoration uses Jan. 19 and labels it as Confederate
Day, will soon be with us again. As the
name implies, it is a day for remembering.
The day is celebrated in a number of
across the United States used for Memorial
Day. But, for us, the calendar seems to rest
on the last Monday of May as the chosen
On this day, we each have choices of whom ways. It is used by most for placing ﬂowers date.
we remember: the veterans, friends, family on the graves. It is also a time for parades by Many of you will remember Memorial
members or those who we might revere. This such groups as veterans of wars, the Ameri- Day was also known as Poppy Day, when
day has an interesting history that provides can Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy poppies were sold to wear on that day. In
additional for us. Scouts and Girl Scouts, and other groups. order to renew your memories, that day was
Encyclopedia Americana describes this There are also special programs where remembered from a poem written for veter-
day as “a holiday observed in most speakers reminisce. World Book tells us ans of World War I, and it contains words
states of the United States on May Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is often used worth considering. It is titled “In Flanders
30, originally as an occasion for on this day. There are special programs in Fields” by Lt. Col. John McCrae, who later
decorating the graves of soldiers the National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. died in France after serving four years on the
Five generations of the killed in the Civil War, but since Where did Memorial Day get its western front.
World War I as a day of commem- start? World Book tells us there In Flanders ﬁelds that poppies blow
Giebler family are, from
left, Shelly Wittman, orating also those who died in were a number of places that Between the crosses, row on row,
her daughter, Jennifer later wars.” claimed the honor of its begin- That mark our place; and in the sky
Schmidt, grandson Land-
World Book Encyclopedia RRIS OHNSON ning, but that in 1966, the U.S. The larks, still bravely singing, ﬂy
generations on Schmidt, grandfa-
goes further in describing GENERATIONS government claimed Waterloo, Scarce heard amid the guns below.
the day. It elaborates on the N.Y. was the birthplace. This
ther Roman Giebler and, particular dates for celebrat- town ﬁrst observed Memorial We are the Dead. Short days ago
standing, her mother, ing it. It says most northern states and some Day on May 5, 1866, to honor the dead of We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Nancy Leiker. southern states celebrate the last Monday in the Civil War. Loved and were loved, and now we lie
May as Memorial Day, and most Southern Businesses closed, ﬂags ﬂew at half staff In Flanders Fields.
states have their own dates for honoring the and ﬂowers were used to decorate. Maj. Gen.
Confederate dead. John D. Logan named May 30, 1868, as a Take up our quarrel with the foe;
Mississippi has its Memorial Day the last special day for honoring the Union soldiers. To you from failing hands we throw
Monday in April. Alabama calls the fourth He was commander in chief of Union vet- The torch; be yours to hold it high.
Monday in April its day of memorial. Geor- erans of the Civil War at that time and had If ye break faith with us who die,
gia uses April 26. North and South Carolina charge of Memorial Day celebrations in the We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
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use May 10 for their Memorial Day. Virginia northern states for many years. After World In Flanders Fields.
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