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Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | May 27, 2010
T his coming Memorial Day weekend is a three-day holiday. What this often means for most of the country is that it's time to dust off the barbecue and get ready for summer cookouts. Since we have that beach party thing going on all year in our wonderful climate, Memorial Day weekend is not such a dramatic transition into summer for us. As we're sure you know, Memorial Day isn't a holiday that commemorates picnics. It's a holiday to commemorate our war dead. Many different communities lay claim to having established the holiday, and it likely had multiple origins as a nation began to heal and honor its fallen soldiers at the end of the Civil War. One version is that the holiday began May 1, 1865, as a celebration to honor the completion of reburial of Civil War dead in Charleston, S.C. Mostly black Union soldiers who had been interred in mass graves were unearthed and reburied individually.
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By Assemblyman Jim Silva | May 21, 2008
When most Americans think of Memorial Day, they tend to think of the unofficial start of summer, backyard barbecues and a day off from work. But for many families in Orange County and across the nation, Memorial Day will have a deeply personal meaning this year and in the years to come. This is why when I think of Memorial Day, one thing comes to mind—sacrifice. It is this sacrifice which makes me so appreciative of what our country has been able to achieve. I am thankful for the men and women who spend every day of their lives defending our freedom and democracy both here in the United States and abroad.
NEWS
May 27, 2004
MICHELE MARR In 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, which cost this country 620,000 lives -- 511,000 more than the Vietnam War, 103,000 more than World War I and World War II combined -- Gen. John A. Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, designated May 30 as Decoration Day. Now called Memorial Day, its purpose was to honor our Civil War casualties. Logan proposed "strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of [those]
NEWS
May 29, 2001
Memorial Day 2001 I drive through the gates of the cemetery Holding the flag under which you will be buried. I stepped out of the car that you used to own Passed on to me, your named carved in stone. You went off to war, known only as "Sarge" Before leaving you told me, "Son, now you're in charge." Watching you leave was so very sad I miss you every day. I miss you very bad. A few months after you'd gone overseas Mom received news that dropped her to her knees.
NEWS
May 27, 2004
Assemblyman Tom Harman On May 31, we observe Memorial Day, a time to reflect upon the generations of America's bravest who gave their lives to preserve our freedom. In his 2003 Memorial Day proclamation, President Bush noted that "On Memorial Day, America undertakes its solemn duty to remember the sacred list of brave Americans who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom and security of our Nation." Continuing, he declared that "by honoring these proud soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen lost throughout our country's history, we renew our commitment to upholding the democratic ideals they fought and died to preserve."
NEWS
May 29, 2001
Mathis Winkler With mostly cloudy skies and low temperatures over Memorial Day weekend, things stayed fairly quiet down by the beaches Saturday and Sunday. But the crowds began to arrive Monday afternoon, as the sun broke through. "There are a lot of people on the beach for a Monday," said Josh van Egmond, a Newport Beach lifeguard. He and his colleagues found a few missing children and returned them to their parents and rescued a couple of people from the ocean.
NEWS
May 20, 2009
There are two major ceremonies planned to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday. The city will hold its traditional ceremony at Pier Plaza at 11 a.m. City Council members will honor those from the city who were killed in wars and those missing in action. The Huntington Beach High School Band will play, along with bagpipers, and rifles will be fired in memory of those who died in service. The Huntington Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jewish War Veterans and the American Legion will participate.
NEWS
By Tracey Laity | June 9, 2006
MONTROSE — The Memorial Day service in front of the Vietnam War Memorial will go ahead as planned on Monday, but with some significant last-minute changes to the traditional program, organizers said.   Art Napiwocki, state budget chairman for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will not be officiating at the ceremony as he has done for the past 12 years. Instead he will be attending a service in La Cañada Flintridge.   Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, including himself, may still attend the Montrose service, Napiwocki said.
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Michael Miller | June 3, 2010
A t least one Huntington Beach resident didn't have a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. But he wouldn't have had it any other way. A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about Tom Jones, an athlete who planned to paddle from Florida to New York to raise awareness about plastic in the ocean. Jones, who described himself as "the Red Cross for the ocean," set his sights on raising $500,000 to fund clean-up efforts. It's not the first time Jones has undertaken an epic journey. In 2007, he ventured 1,250 miles from Oregon to Mexico.
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NEWS
May 27, 2010
T here is a 94-line statement about Memorial Day outside Huntington Beach City Hall that says more than any editorial the Independent could ever write. That is the city's war memorial, which displays the names of 94 Huntington Beach residents who died in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. The monument was dedicated May 26, 1997, and expanded later to include the Iraq casualties. It's doubtful those will be the last names ever added to it. When a major tragedy shakes American society — 9/11, the Challenger, Virginia Tech, Hurricane Katrina — there is always an acute period of mourning that lasts a few days or weeks.
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Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | May 27, 2010
T his coming Memorial Day weekend is a three-day holiday. What this often means for most of the country is that it's time to dust off the barbecue and get ready for summer cookouts. Since we have that beach party thing going on all year in our wonderful climate, Memorial Day weekend is not such a dramatic transition into summer for us. As we're sure you know, Memorial Day isn't a holiday that commemorates picnics. It's a holiday to commemorate our war dead. Many different communities lay claim to having established the holiday, and it likely had multiple origins as a nation began to heal and honor its fallen soldiers at the end of the Civil War. One version is that the holiday began May 1, 1865, as a celebration to honor the completion of reburial of Civil War dead in Charleston, S.C. Mostly black Union soldiers who had been interred in mass graves were unearthed and reburied individually.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | May 27, 2010
G reg Gilboe and his students don't have to attend school Monday. But they're not taking it as a day off. Gilboe, the band director at Huntington Beach High School, plans to bring his 75-member ensemble to the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Pier Plaza. Every year, the band performs in the city's Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies, which the conductor sees as valuable chances for students to get acquainted with a part of history. "I usually encourage them to go and say thanks to one of the veterans, just go up and shake their hand and say, 'Thank you,'" Gilboe said.
NEWS
Michael Miller | May 20, 2010
" A man went looking for America. And couldn't find it anywhere." So read the poster of the 1969 movie "Easy Rider," which came out at the height of the counterculture's disillusionment with mainstream America. It's a time Virgil Bartolomucci remembers well. The Huntington Beach resident served with the Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 and, like many, came home to a less-than-friendly welcome. When Bartolomucci arrived at the airport, he said, protesters were waiting to jeer anyone in uniform — which prompted him to change into civilian clothes for the ride home.
NEWS
By JIM SILVA | May 21, 2009
What does Memorial Day mean to you? For many, Memorial Day is a holiday that has come to represent the unofficial beginning of summer: a day off of work and school to gather with family and friends for backyard barbecues, picnics and sporting events. For others, Memorial Day is a day of reflection and mourning: a day to honor and remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives to preserve the way of life we enjoy as Americans. When I think of Memorial Day, I think of sacrifice.
NEWS
May 20, 2009
There are two major ceremonies planned to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday. The city will hold its traditional ceremony at Pier Plaza at 11 a.m. City Council members will honor those from the city who were killed in wars and those missing in action. The Huntington Beach High School Band will play, along with bagpipers, and rifles will be fired in memory of those who died in service. The Huntington Beach Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jewish War Veterans and the American Legion will participate.
FEATURES
By Michael Alexander | May 27, 2008
Memorial Day is sometimes seen as the unofficial first three-day weekend of the summer, or at its most solemn, a time to only briefly remember fallen soldiers. But in years past, Huntington Beach was home to mass memorial events, both on the day and throughout the year. On the national holiday, which came into existence after the Civil War, veterans’ groups like the Grand Army of the Republic would make sure graves were decorated. They were busy other times of the year as well, making sure those who served and died were remembered.
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By Assemblyman Jim Silva | May 21, 2008
When most Americans think of Memorial Day, they tend to think of the unofficial start of summer, backyard barbecues and a day off from work. But for many families in Orange County and across the nation, Memorial Day will have a deeply personal meaning this year and in the years to come. This is why when I think of Memorial Day, one thing comes to mind—sacrifice. It is this sacrifice which makes me so appreciative of what our country has been able to achieve. I am thankful for the men and women who spend every day of their lives defending our freedom and democracy both here in the United States and abroad.
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