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. Memorial Day 2020 occurs on Monday, May 25.
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. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.
Early Observances of Memorial Day
The Civil War, which ended in the spring of 1865, claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history and required 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.
Did you know? Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.
It is unclear where exactly this tradition originated; numerous different communities may have independently initiated the memorial gatherings. And some records show that one of the earliest Memorial Day commemorations was organized by a group of freed slaves in Charleston, South Carolina less than a month after the Confederacy surrendered in 1865. Nevertheless, in 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. Waterloo—which first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—was chosen because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.
Get Caught Reading is a nationwide public service campaign launched by the Association of American Publishers to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. May is officially Get Caught Reading month, but the celebration lasts throughout the year. Get Caught Reading is supported by hundreds of celebrities, including LL Cool J, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, and the newest addition, Olivia the Pig.
Our staff “Got Caught“…can you guess who is behind the mask? Some of us “Got Caught” at home on our porches or just sitting and reading…
Celebrate “Get Caught Reading” month – let people see you (from at least 6′ away – social distancing, people, remember!) with a book, newspaper, magazine, kindle, etc., in your hands, so you, too, can “Get Caught Reading!”
Get Caught Reading
The Get Caught Reading website offers resources for teachers, librarians, and kids. Look for literacy fact sheets, artwork, and information on getting involved.
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The spread of infectious disease was always a concern in early Newburgh. This letter was written by James Clinton to his brother George Clinton in 1778. George was then the governor of New York and later became Vice President under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
A man named Birdsall fell sick with smallpox in Newburgh, causing many in the community to panic. A few began to inoculate their families. Inoculation involved intentionally infecting a healthy person with a mild form of smallpox, which was unlikely to kill them and would give them immunity to the disease the remainder of their life. But as you can see in this letter, inoculation was controversial, with many believing it was reckless and dangerous to purposely infect people with such a deadly disease.
“Feb’y 26th 1778
D’r Brother, I think it proper to Inform you that one Birdsall who was taken prisoner and brought to Poughkeepsie goal, but had Liberty to Come to New Burgh to his Brothers, some way other has got the small pox upon which Isaac Bellknaps and two other families Innoculated in that Neighbourhood, near the Dock, a Little to the South’d of the Continental ferry; as soon as I heard of it I Endeavored to prevent it, but I Understand their Committee has Consented to it though they have Promised to not suffer any more to be Innoculated in Newburgh town or near it where’ the troops might be Exposed, but I am Informed they have not Complyed with that promise. Doct’r Igby is the person who Innoculates and I am Just Informed that Mr. Ellison’s family Is going to Innoculate which would Occasion all the Inhabitants in New Windsor to Do the same, though I am Determined to prevent it till your pleasure is known; if I Should be Oblidged to Confine the Doct’r I need not tell you the Damage it will to the Publick both on the acc’t of the ferry and the work that is going on at New Windsor. I wait Impatiently to have your Oppinion or orders about the afair. I am Yours James Clinton.”
Public Papers of George Clinton, volume II, page 808.