Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
To honor Memorial Day we will be discussing many different stories in literature, reading primary source documents form history, and discussing events that helped shape our country. A famous poem established the poppy as a sign of remembrance to the fallen.
In Flanders Fields By John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly.
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season. So as we enjoy the holiday take some time to remember and honor the men and women who served gave the greatest sacrifice.
We are also coming quickly upon the end of the school year. Graduations and moving to the next grade will be here very quickly. Please log onto the parent portal, email or contact your child’s teacher if there are any concerns.
Happy Mothers Day
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