By Susan Young
Memorial Day signifies the start of summer even though the official date of summer is June 21. It kicks off the season of BBQs, picnics, lazy days at the pool for so many, but the true meaning of the holiday is more than a three-day weekend for those who work so hard each week.
Just three years after the Civil War ended in 1868, Decoration Day was established to honor those soldiers who had died and the first celebration was held at Arlington National Cemetery. The date of May 30 was selected since flowers should be in bloom across the country.
After World War I, all soldiers who had died in American wars were included in the decoration but it wasn't until 1971 that Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be recognized on the last Monday in May. So take a moment to remember those who have given their lives so that all could enjoy the long three-day weekends with those they love for many years to come.
Paws to Read! is the 2014 Summer Reading Program at the Virginia Memorial Public Library. Join them for an eight-week reading program filled with fun crafts, games, treats and prizes beginning Wednesday, June 18 and running through Wednesday, Aug. 6. The program is held each Wednesday afternoon from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Pick up a registration form at the library and return it by June 10 to receive a summer reading bag filled with goodies while supplies last. Unable to pre-register by June 10? Stop in or call the library at 452-3846. June 18 kicks off with "Frolicking in the Forest" playing musical mushrooms and eating birds' nests at the forest-themed program!
There is still plenty of time to register for the Cass County Health Department's 5k Walk/Run to be held during this year's Virginia BBQ on June 7 at 8 a.m.
The registration fee is $15 per person and includes a t-shirt, water bottle and drawstring bag full of goodies. Pick up an entry form from any local merchant displaying the 5k poster, the Cass County Health Department or download the form from the website at www.casscohealth.org.
Registration will be at the Cass County Food Pantry the morning of the race. Medals will be awarded to the first and second place finishers in each age category, male and female. Age categories are 25 and under, 26-40 and 41 and over. This year's route has been certified by USA Track &
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