Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day: Honoring Our Country's Fallen Heroes

"They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation"
-Henry Ward Beecher
Today we honor all the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. 

Originally known as "Decoration Day", this holiday originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971 (as declared by President Richard Nixon). 

Flags are flown at half-staff today to show grief for the lives lost.  

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer.

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