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The Origin Of Memorial Day


  Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30,1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers.
  On May 5, 1868, Logan declared in General Order No. 11 that: "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. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit."
  During the first celebration of Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.

2004 Western Days Parade

  Pictured is our Society's entry in this years parade.  Carring the banner is Lemon Crest fifth-grader's Shyanne Southard, Erica Lansdowne and Chrisha Hernandez.  Pulling the carriage is the lovable Prince driven by Carriages of San Diego owners, and LHS Business Life Members, Heather Parker and Julie Picot.  Riding in the carriage is Eileen Carrender, her twin sister Lucille Landis, Edna Kouns and Marcella Williams. 

Western Days Breakfast

Ray Whitlock

  The Western Days Breakfast was a great success because of all of the volunteers that made our event possible.  Thank You!  The wonderful volunteers were:

Jerry Allen
Jean Angus
Margaret Bright
Eileen Carender
Jana & Taylor Cate
Pat Ellwood
Rose Gilbert
Cathy & Bill Hansen
George Hecker
Elizabeth & Bob How
Edna Kouns
Dixie Landsdowne
Jessie Lynch
Bobby Pogue
Barbara Pruyne
Marilyn Saunders
Lilly Schard
Sylvia Sturges

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