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Memorial Day,

or Decoration Day, began during the Civil War as a day to decorate with flowers, the graves of the Civil War dead. After World War I the celebration expanded to include the graves of the fallen from World War I as well. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday commemorating fallen soldiers from all conflict areas and in 2000 “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579 was signed into law dedicating 3pm on Memorial Day as a national moment of remembrance.

Our writers at Pomperaug Woods told us that they knew the day as Decoration Day and they would decorate the graves of loved ones who had died even those who had not been soldiers. You can read their stories below.

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End of War

While researching material to write about the honey bee, I saw that Albert Einstein had an interest in bees and wrote about them. This certainly was a sideline for this great German physicist who won a Nobel Prize in 1921. He should be remembered as a great war hero. Einstein had a friend by the name of Niels Bohr who was a Danish physicist and who also won a Nobel Prize in 1922. The two obviously maintained a friendship for many years to come. Migrating to the U.S. in...


Memorial Day Memories

We always called it “Decoration Day”. School was dismissed for the year and we looked forward to a summer of freedom. Decorating the graves at “Violet Hill” our local cemetery was always special. Most of our relations were buried in Kansas but we had graves of friends of our parents to decorate. We always used flowers from my mother’s garden - mostly peonies and spring flowers. We always went to the local parade first. It was small but meaningful. Sometimes my father...


Extension to Horrors Of War

As Frank and I were bringing food to these sad people, our use of the main highway became a problem. The problem was the crowds of people. This highway was the broad road going East to West through the middle of the Ruhr Valley. On both roadsides German solders were surrendering with hands over heads. As they were trained, not one word was uttered. I later learned that they were intent to be prisoners of the Allies and the not the Russians, who were advancing from the...


Winter Activities

I grew up in the City, so don’t remember doing much of the fun stuff of winter like sliding and outdoor skating but once I was married, we lived in the country and took up skiing. I really never got very far off the novice slopes, but had fun watching my husband and 3 sons zipping by while tending to our small daughter and we all enjoyed the “apres-ski” routine. It was a good family sport which I loved but then I always liked winter. It makes me feel more alive and...


Clothing In The 1940s

When I was in high school in Perry Iowa, we were never allowed to wear pants!!! I did walk a mile to school so in the winter my mother brought me a snow suit (wool) to wear. I was very warm. However I always had to take my skirt to wear after I got to school. Horrors!!! I forgot my skirt one day and had to wear my wool pants all day. How embarrassing!!! Girls just didn’t wear pants then!!! However saddle shoes were “in” - but they had to be dirty! I wore my cardigan...


A Warm Memory of Cold Winter Nights

ca - mid-1930s Although Marilyn, Buddy and Jeannie were only summertime “country kids”, there were occasions during the colder months when we would visit our grandparents in Purdys — Thanksgiving and Christmas most notable, but other weekend visits as well. Either snowfalls were a lot deeper back then, or perhaps it was just that I was a whole lot shorter, but I remember snows well above my waist. I also remember sitting in an unheated car under a shedding leopard lap...


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