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WebNews #8 Memorial Day Edition, Monday May 30, 2005

 


In Grateful Memory of the Members of St. Agnes Alumni
Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice For Our Country
In World War II, Korean War and All Foreign Wars.

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WebNews #8 Memorial Day Edition: "In Grateful Memory" - Monday May 30, 2005

Memorial Day: In 1865, Henry C. Welles, a druggist in the village of Waterloo, NY, mentioned at a social gathering that honor should be shown to the patriotic dead of the Civil War by decorating their graves. In the Spring of 1866, he again mentioned this subject to General John B. Murray, Seneca County Clerk. General Murray embraced the idea and a committee was formulated to plan a day devoted to honoring the dead. Townspeople adopted the idea wholeheartedly. Wreaths, crosses and bouquets were made for each veteran's grave. The village was decorated with flags at half mast and draped with evergreen boughs and mourning black streamers. (Extract From: http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyseneca/memorial.htm).
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