June begins our Summer Curriculum. It also begins water days and Kona Ice. Those are two of the most fun days at the Center. Make sure to send money for Kona Ice, if you wish for your child to participate in this special activity.
The Summer Reading program is meant to offer a good way for your children to stay connected with books during the Summer.
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In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act adds the flying of the POW-MIA flag on all Federal and U.S. Military Installations on Memorial Day. The POW-MIA flag is to be half-staffed until noon along with the National flag.
Other traditional observances included wearing red poppies, visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes, and visiting memorials.
Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years and many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of the day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored or neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades.
There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 1950s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights (the Luminaria Program). And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.
To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed in December 2000. It asks that at 3 p.m. local time all Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of Remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps.”
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).
It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
The Pre-K kids showed why NALC is such a special place. They opened the program with a welcome song and did not slow down from there. They clapped, sang, shouted out answers, and three of the pre-k kids actually read from a "little reader" to the parents and guests. They recognized sight words and counted in sign language. All in all, it was an amazing sample of the many things these children have learned this year.
The program was followed with the children from the Forest and Jungle singing two songs. This was so much fun and the children were dressed in cowboy outfits. (This gave the Pre-K kids time to put on their cap and gowns.) They did a great job. I, for one, did not want them to stop at two songs. I wanted more.
The little kids exited the platform and the graduation ceremony was preceded by a slide presentation of the Arctic kids in photos taken during various activities and events through the year.
Most parents and teachers were able to hold it together until the song "Love You to the Moon and Back" began to play. It was tear-time from then until the end. I loved seeing the segment of the children on grandparents day. For me, this made me think of my own grandchildren and I know how much this means to the families.
The kids marched in and each child was called to receive their certificate and they shook hands with the owners, Meredith and Chad Brown. The highlight of the diploma getting was seeing Avery Brown hug her mom and dad. I am sure that both parents wonder where the time has gone for their child as well as NALC.
The Pre-K Graduates will be entering Kindergarten in various schools around the County. We wish them well and look forward to hearing great things as they learn and grow.
The children in the Forest, Jungle, and Arctic enjoyed Muffins With Mom.
Thank you, moms, for taking the time to enjoy this special morning with your child. I know they enjoyed it. We hope that you enjoyed the time, too.
To moms that could not make it, this time, we hope you have a great day and an even more special weekend with your child. Make it something special. Enjoy every moment that you have with your child.
You are a very important person to your child and to NALC.
The children at NALC call me "Gomey."