Remembering on Memorial Day

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The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men. ~Minot J. Savage Our present day Memorial Day which began as Decoration Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor the soldiers who died in that war (over 600,000 men.) The holiday was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 …

Memorial Day in Hollyhill & More of Bailey’s Bug

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May 30, 1966 Jocie Brooke reporting from Hollyhill, Kentucky. This picture wasn’t taken in Hollyhill, but you knew that. It’s a picture Dad showed me of a cemetery in France to help me think about what Memorial Day really means. It’s not just picnics and the local swimming pool opening for the summer and school being out. Memorial Day is …

Freedom’s Price

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 Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen, Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men. ~Richard Watson Gilder Memorial Day weekend – the weekend that launches summer. Schools are out or will be soon. Seniors are graduating and getting ready to grab life by the horns and see what’s next. Some young men and …

Remembering Those Still “On Patrol”

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May 30, 1964 Jocie Brooke here reporting from the offices of the Banner on Main Street, Hollyhill, Kentucky, on Memorial Day.  Mama Mae always called it Decoration Day when she took flowers to her husband’s grave. I went with her sometimes. Now she’s there in the graveyard beside him. I rode my bike out to the cemetery earlier today to …

A Day to Remember

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“The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem.” (Aaron Kilbourn) Memorial Day began as Decoration Day after the Civil War when the wives, mothers, and sisters began decorating the graves of the fallen soldiers. Slowly as the years passed, Decoration Day, observed on May 30, began to be called Memorial Day, but it wasn’t until1967 that Federal law changed the name officially. The year …