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See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Memorial Day Printable(** for Premium Members only)
Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day) was first observed in 1868 to honor the soldiers of the Civil War. Its origins can be traced back to General John A. Logan who proclaimed: “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.” Has the original meaning of the day been lost?
Department of Veteran Affairs: Memorial Day
It is believed that the end of May was chosen for the first Memorial Day because “because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.” Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Memorial Day site for a comprehensive history of the holiday, the story of taps, and to learn how the poppy became the Flower of Remembrance. There are also links to national observances, veteran statistics, and flag protocol.
The History Channel: Memorial Day
Explore the history of Memorial Day with a one-page feature article and a gallery of History Channel videos and photos. “The Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, requiring the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.”
Library of Congress: Patriotic Melodies
Now for something a little different. From “America the Beautiful” to “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” this Library of Congress site “tells the stories behind many of the songs that have now become part of the American national heritage. A combination of hymns, national songs, music of the theater, radio and television, military themes, and poetry, all of this music demonstrates that while over history many things have changed, this expression of pride and hope remain a constant part of the American experience.”
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Printables Club Members Also Get …
Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:
Memorial Day Printable
Memorial Day Wikipedia Printable
Veterans Day Printable
Printable American Flag Word Search
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Quote of the Week
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” ~~ Colin Powell ~~ (b. April 5, 1937) American soldier, statesman. Be sure to click the link and read Colin Powell’s biography.
Surfing the Calendar
National Youth Traffic Safety Month May
National Flower Month May
Sudoku First Published as Number Place in Dell Puzzle Magazine May, 1979
First permanent British colony Established in Jamestown, Virginia May 14, 1607
Lewis & Clark Leave St. Louis May 14, 1804
Major Lassen Peak Volcanic Eruption May 14, 1915
National Windmill Day (Holland) May 14, 2014
L. Frank Baum’s Birthday May 15, 1856
Discovery of Largest Prime Number Known to Man May 15, 2004
Sue Debuts at Field Museum May 17, 2000
Karol Wojtyla Birthday (Pope John Paul II) May 18, 1920
Major Mount St. Helens Volcanic Eruption May 18, 1980
Circus Day, Anniversary of First Ringling Brothers Performance May 19, 1884
Jumping Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp, CA May 19, 2014
Premiere of Star Wars: Episode I May 19, 1999
National Geographic Bee May 19-21, 2014
National Backyard Games Week May 19-26, 2014
Charles Lindbergh Flies Historic Solo Nonstop Transatlantic Flight May 20-21, 1927