Bosque County Republican Party

Janet Jackson, County Chairman

                                                                     IN HONOR OF MEMORIAL DAY 
                                                               Tuesday May 15, 2018 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

                                                                    403 W 3rd st, Clifton Civic Center, Tx  (map)

The event will open with a $12.00 dinner of brisket and fixxins followed with a

                                        "round table" discussion by veterans of our recent wars sharing their thoughts. 

                                                 MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

The custom of honoring ancestors by cleaning cemeteries and decorating graves is an ancient and worldwide tradition, but the specific origin of Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as it was first known, are unclear.

In early rural America, this duty was usually performed in late summer and was an occasion for family reunions and picnics. After the Civil War, America’s need for a secular, patriotic ceremony to honor its military dead became prominent, as monuments to fallen soldiers were erected and dedicated, and ceremonies centering on the decoration of soldiers’ graves were held in towns and cities throughout the nation.

After World War I, the day expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars.

No less than 25 places have been named in connection with the origin of Memorial Day, and states observed the holiday on different dates. In 1971, Memorial Day became a national holiday by an act of Congress; it is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Since it all started with the Civil War, you might want to brush up on your knowledge of this event by visiting the Library of Congress Civil War collection, which includes more than a thousand photographs.

                                               THE POPPY,

                                                        A SYMBOL OF MEMORIAL DAY

The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day (not Veterans Day). The origin of the red poppy as a modern-day symbol of this day was actually the idea of an American woman, Miss Moina Michael. Read more about the inspiration for the poppy.

In war-torn battlefields, the red field poppy (papaver rhoeas) was one of the first plants to grow. Its seeds scattered in the wind and sat dormant in the ground, only germinating when the ground is disturbed—as it was by the very brutal fighting during World War 1.

The practice of wearing of poppies was further inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written in 1915 by Canadian soldier John McCrae. He saw the poppies in burials around his artillery position in Belgium.

Today, poppies are both the symbol of loss of life as a symbol of recovery and new life, especially in support of those servicemen who were damaged physically or emotionally. 

In Flanders Fields - by John McCrae, May 1915

    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.

I remember, as a kid, wearing a Poppy in my lapel - and I remember what it meant.


Our guests that attended the meeting were: 












Remember this from a couple of months ago on the Home page ....                                                

                                                                  The 3 Rs for Scholarship

Ricky Richards, Ronny Liardon and Randy Benfer have created the Bosque Republican Club Scholarship Committee. They are distributing applications to all Bosque High Schools and Home School Networks for an essay contest titled "What I would do to, Make America Great Again". Graduating Seniors may submit an essay by April 28 for consideration. The essays should be on topic and between 200 to 300 words. The 3 Rs will be on hand at the March meeting for contributions or you may mail a check to: Bosque Republican Club / 505 W. 5th St. Suite 240 / Clifton 76634. Mark your check: Scholarship.

      Well ..... Here is our winner - Emily Davis who attends the Clifton High School - We gave her lots of applause ....

                          Looking on is Ricky Richards, who presented the award and is one of the "3-R's"

   Emily Davis   1 May 2018

Bosque County Republican Club High School Scholarship Essay Winner   

America  is  the  country  in  which  I  call  my  home,  and  I  am  very  proud  of  it  in  many

aspects.  With  every  single  thing  in  life,  there  are  of  course  improvements  to  be  made.  I  am  very

passionate  about  making  America  a  better  place  to  live  in,  and  I  will  work  to  do  that  through  my

future career  of Elementary  Education.  I  will  be  attending  Tarleton  State  University  in  the  fall  to  major

in  Early  Elementary Education.  I  am  very  excited  to  earn  my  degree  and  get  into  the  workforce  that 

I  am  passionate about.  Our  education  system  has  been  failing  kids   and  teachers  more  and  more

with  each  year, and  I  plan  on  working  to  change  these  bad  habits. For  one,  I  plan  on  begging  my

future  boss  to allow  time  forthe   teaching  of  cursive  handwriting.  I  learned  cursive  throughout  my  education,

and  I  think  it  is   something  that  each  and  every  student  should  be  taught.  Another  thing  I  will 

strive  to  change,  is  to  teach  children  at  a  young  age  about  government,  and  how  important  it  is  to

make  your  mark  with  your  votes  and  opinions.  I  did  not  begin  to  understand  the  way  in  which

America  works  until  I  was  in  high  school,  and  I  want  to  strive  to  change  that  for  my  future

students.  Additionally,  I  plan  on  focusing  on  the  attitudes  and  mindsets  ofmy  classroom  more

than  anything  in  the  world.  Our  generation  is   lazy,  and  I  want  to  work  to  change  that.  I  want  my

kids  to  love  learning,  and  to  love  being  active  and  adventurous.  

All  in  all,  I  plan  on  doing  these  things  to  Make  America  Great  Again,  and  to  change  the 

ways  of  students  and  education. 

       Ricky Richards & Emily Davis             Emily Davis & Kathy Dellert                 Emily Davis & Kathy Dellert


                         These were our Memorial Day honored guests who shared some of their thoughts                                                          that they experienced while fighting for our freedom

                     Bill Beck
     Served in the Korean war

           Mike Burnes
   Served in the Vietnam war

               Jose Cano
    Served in the Vietnam War

           Ricky Richards
            Served in the Iraq war

In closing, I would like to share some of their comments:

    "There some things that we just don't talk about" 

    "Each war has its own pressures"

    "It's hard when a child is walking up to you and your are trying to figure out if that baby is looking for a piece of                candy or is going to blow you up"


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