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.
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.
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
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"