Memorial Day, the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the American military. 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.
May 1st, May Day, has a long tradition. In the Middle Ages every English village had its Maypole. The bringing in of the Maypole from the woods was a great occasion and was accompanied by rejoicing and merrymaking. The Maypoles were of all sizes and one village would compete with another to show who could produce the tallest Maypole. Maypoles were usually set up for the day in small towns, but in London and the larger towns they were erected permanently.
The earliest Maypole in America dates to 1628 while William Bradford was governor of Plymouth. A number of indentured servants broke free to create their own colony, setting up a Maypole in the center of the settlement, and behaving in such a way as to receive the scorn and disapproval of the nearby colonies. This early colony of Merrymount was founded by Thomas Morton.
Maypole Dances are still common today in England and America. Children hold colorful ribbons attached to a tall pole and weave in and under each other to festivally wrap the pole.
Trivia: Which group of people in colonial days frowned on the celebration of the May Pole and forbade the celebration of this holiday so common in England?
Sunday, June 12, 2016 10:00am 7 mile walk along the Charles River from Boston’s Esplanade
Our Wixon Walks team currently comprises 5 students an 7 adults.
Our class fundraiser added $1000 to the WIXON WALKS team
after this week’s amazing bake sale, thanks to an abundant supply of baked goods
from the 104 families and WIXON faculty/staff. The students of WIXON enjoyed buying the goods and
many generously donated their change to the cause. Such lessons on both sides of the table for GIVING and KINDNESS.
Click on the link to Support a Walker or Register to Walk
Our team total thus far, including Walker Support for individuals on our team from family and friends, stands at $2198.00
“In Flanders Fields“ was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on May 3, 1915 after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, 22 years old, the day before. Today the poem is recited and sung to honor all of our military men and women.
Trivia: Where is Flanders? Which war? Why poppies?
Would it be a good idea for me to send pansies to my mother for Mother’s Day?
British Major General Wolfe and 4,500 men fought Marquis de Montcalm and his French soldiers on the Plains of Abraham outside of the walled city of Quebec. The Battle of Quebec lasted less than an hour, was a decided victory for the British and key to their possession of all of New France. Both generals were mortally wounded in the battle. This year marks the 257th anniversary of the Battle of Quebec.
Trivia for the week: How many men did Montcalm command at the battle that day?
More than 40 vintage aircraft of World War II will fill the skies over the nation’s capital Friday in tribute to the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (V-E) Day.
American Pharoah won the 141st Kentucky Derby on Saturday,
ridden by last year’s Derby-winning jockey, Victor Espinoza.