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Just Outside My Door 05/23/13

May 29, 2013
By ELAINE G. COLE - COLUMNIST ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Once again we enjoyed mostly sunny days last week, and it was still the same on the Monday this week. Our thermometer Sunday was near 80 degrees.

Some nights last week were in the 40s, and we even got a frost one night, but I covered the flowers that had been planted recently and they were fine. I still have some flowers in our garage waiting to be planted. I think I will wait for a few more days to plant them.

Meanwhile, the fragrance of apple blossoms fills our yard. We have five of them. The flowering crab is the most vibrant color, but the lighter pink and white ones are just as lovely and fragrant.

As our spring continues, Memorial Day will arrive on Monday, May 27. Memorial Day was established in 1868 by General John A. Logan, commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in remembrance of solders who died in the Civil War. Since the first remembrance day, many other military men have died in the line of duty during wars to maintain the freedom we have in our country.

Sometimes I wonder how many of today's youth, and even adults, realize the sacrifices our forefathers made to provide and maintain the freedom we have enjoyed in our country. Moreover, how in some areas it has been threatened. I have read numerous accounts of how governments, both local and federal, have made decisions affecting our freedoms.

I believe our country is fast loosing the claim "In God we Trust." I wonder if the history of former countries downfalls is taught in today's schools. Do students know about the tragedies that took place in Germany and other countries in Europe during war times?

I have witnessed how some folk pay little or no attention when the pledge to the flag is given. Some men and boys don't even remove their hats. Where is our patriotism headed?



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