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May 26, 2001
Jerry Lane Things change, and as they change, our way of living and doing things change, too. I can remember when every house had a fixture on its front to hold a flag. Flags were flown on all our special days: Flag Day, Armistice Day, Decoration Day, Independence Day, Washington's Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday. Not to put the flag out on those days was unheard of. What would your neighbors think? Getting kids ready for the holiday involved telling stories of heroic deeds and singing of patriotic songs.
NEWS
May 24, 2008
Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, honors the U.S. men and women who have died in military service for their country. Instead of us concentrating on having the day off from work or school for the sake of having the day off, we should make sure to honor the day for what it was meant to be about. In today’s atmosphere of consumerism, fast food and multiple choices that weren’t around a few short years ago, it is relatively easy to forget the meaning of Memorial Day. The holiday was introduced to honor Union soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice during the Civil War. Then, after World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.
NEWS
May 29, 2004
In 1865, Henry C. Welles, a druggist in the village of Waterloo, N.Y., mentioned at a social gathering that honor should be shown to the patriotic dead of the Civil War by decorating their graves. In the spring of 1866, he again mentioned this subject to Gen. John B. Murray, Seneca County clerk. Gen. Murray embraced the idea, and a committee was formed to plan a day devoted to honoring the dead. Townspeople adopted the idea wholeheartedly. Wreaths, crosses and bouquets were made for each veteran's grave.
NEWS
May 29, 2004
Ira Joe Davis Ladies and gentlemen, let me begin by thanking the leadership of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States for allowing me to participate in your Memorial Day ceremonies. Memorial Day has a special significance to me, and I am truly honored to be with you today. When I accepted your invitation to speak, I was presented with a dilemma. You see, I received several "canned" speeches to choose from for today's message.
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May 24, 2008
Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day, honors the U.S. men and women who have died in military service for their country. Instead of us concentrating on having the day off from work or school for the sake of having the day off, we should make sure to honor the day for what it was meant to be about. In today’s atmosphere of consumerism, fast food and multiple choices that weren’t around a few short years ago, it is relatively easy to forget the meaning of Memorial Day. The holiday was introduced to honor Union soldiers who paid the supreme sacrifice during the Civil War. Then, after World War I, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action.
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May 26, 2001
Jerry Lane Things change, and as they change, our way of living and doing things change, too. I can remember when every house had a fixture on its front to hold a flag. Flags were flown on all our special days: Flag Day, Armistice Day, Decoration Day, Independence Day, Washington's Birthday, Lincoln's Birthday. Not to put the flag out on those days was unheard of. What would your neighbors think? Getting kids ready for the holiday involved telling stories of heroic deeds and singing of patriotic songs.
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