Opinion / Columns
Memorial Day began as Decoration Day for the remembrance of those soldiers lost in the Civil War. General John A. Logan, and leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there. The date of Decoration Day was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle. Many states observed their own day of remembrance rather than May 30.
For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. As the United States found itself immersed in other conflicts, the holiday evolved to commemorate those American military personnel who died in all wars. The last Monday in May was established as Memorial Day in 1968 when Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, although it didn’t go into effect until 1971.
Across the United States communities host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Many Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Each year on this day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. On a less somber note, many people throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because it unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
May 18: 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals
May 28: Night with the Southern Illinois Miners
June 1: Deadline for QAEC Training
June 3: Clover Buster meeting 6:00
June 10: Deadline to enter IL State Fair Junior Horse
June 23-26: Illinois Summer Academy
June 24-27: Western KY 4-H Camp
July 13: Pope-Hardin & Gallatin Horse Show
"Greetings" from our little town down by the Little Wabash River. The river just keeps rolling along and now because of the flood water it is full of trash from the fields and banks of the river. It should be noted that our fishermen should be very careful of things floating in the water and the fish that jump out of the water at the sound of the boat engines!!
It is possible, I hear that the Homework Help will be canceled until school resumes in the Fall. The students should check with the Homework Help Leader to know for sure. The person to call is Amy Lashley at 265-3571, she will know for sure about the schedule!!!
We all know that USPS has been making some changes. One thing that we all should take to heart is - your personal mail. We all need to double check our bills etc. - those things we want to be sure to get and make sure that it is being mailed correctly to us. Your correct mailing address will be located just above your town,state & zip code. The Post Office should also have a list of all the persons receiving mail from that address. The zip code should always be correct, there are lots of communities across the country with the same name as New Haven. There are plenty of other communities with the same problem. If the person working at the Post Office does not know you and your family, the address is all they have to work with!!
I want to say a special "congradulations" to all of our graduates. Those from 8th grade as well as the Senior class who are moving on to higher education or work. I have a grand-daughter(Mariah Weir) who is graduating from 8th grade this month and will be going to High School in the Fall!!
It is wonderful to hear about all the accomplishments these young have already made! I wish them well as they go forward to make their mark in this world!!!
Betty's Bits......................It is a wonderful thing to always be able to say the Right thing at the Right time. The hard part is knowing when to say your sorry,when you stick your foot in your mouth!
"Greetings" from our little town down by the Little Wabash River. The river is still out of it's banks and the ditches are still full,as well. As I write today the sun is shining, so maybe some of the water will dry up. The fishermen are still able to get out on the river to fish. I heard of some pretty good catches reported!
I hope all of you MOM"s were treated nicely by your family and friends! I received calls from all five of my children and got to see three of them on Mother's Day and received nice gifts from them too! Some of the grandchildren even wished me happy Mother's Day and my husband took me out to eat and got me a really sweet card. I also received nice cards from my kids, some made me cry and some made me laugh!!! I hope your day was as good as mine!
Our community had town wide rummage sales this past