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Valley Celebrates Memorial Day

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

By: David Retz (Expired article)

Solvang, CA -

ďA nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men and women it honors, the ones it remembers." This paraphrase of President John F. Kennedy were the opening words of a speech by Brigadier General Tim Coffin of Vandenberg Air Force Base.

General Coffin reflected on the beginning of our celebration of Memorial Day. In 1863 during the Civil War, a group of widows were burying the dead of the fallen soldiers. Even though it was still in the middle of the war, one individual decided that it was wrong to tend only the graves of one side. At the end of the civil war about three years later, Mr. Henry Wells of Waterloo, New York, closed his shop in honor of all of those fallen during the Civil War - and suggested that all of the other shops in that town close their shops. Sixteen years later, it became a national holiday. This too was the action of just one individual that started the tradition of the honoring Memorial Day.

"It was the courage and insight of one person that made a difference in the world."

The local Scouts raised the flag to the playing of "Taps", and a medly of songs to the five Services (Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines, and Air Force) was sung by the Uplifted Youth Choir.


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