Friday, May 25, 2012

Honoring the Fallen: Memorial Day 2012

Arlington National Cemetary. Photos right and below courtesy of
arlingtoncemetary.mil.










MEMORIAL DAY FACTS
1. Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day, from the practice of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths and flags. Federal law declared 'Memorial Day' the official name in 1967.

2. Memorial Day was a response to the casualties on both sides of the Civil War.

3. It is customary on Memorial Day to fly the flag at half staff until noon and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset.

4. In 2000 Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day in an act of national unity.
Source: cnn.com.

FOR CHILDREN
The Wall by Eve Bunting
Heroes Don't Run by Harry Mazer
The Journal of James Edmond Pease, a Civil War Union Soldier by Jim Murphy
Yankee Doodle Gals: Women Pilots of World War II by Amy Nathan

FOR ADULTS
Count On Us: American Women in the Military by Amy Nathan

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS IN DFW

Take to the Skies AirFest
Saturday, May 26th & Sunday, May 27th
Mesquite Metro Airport, 1340 Airport Blvd., Mesquite, Texas

Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Memorial Day Concert and Fireworks Display at Flagpole Hill
Monday, May 28th, 8:00 p.m.
8007 Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas

OTHER
For information on how to support the troops, the history of Memorial Day, American recipes, and Memorial Day Weekend safety tips, visit
http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Memorial-Day.shtml.

TWU Libraries are closed for the Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th to May 28th) and will
reopen on Tuesday, May 29th.

A safe and happy holiday weekend to all.

--Lisa Galletta and Grace Smart

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