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Memorial Day


The Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, requiring the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

Memorial Day represents one day of national awareness and reverence, honoring those Americans who died while defending our Nation and its values. We should honor these heroes every day for the profound contribution they have made to securing our Nation’s freedom.

Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.

We mourn the loss while honoring the sacrifice of those brave heroes.

Let’s take a moment to honor the men and women who fell defending our country.   

YMCA’s Summer Camps Offer a Variety of Experiences, Endless Opportunities for Fun and Growth (Part 2) – 2013-06-28


By: Katie Sobiech

Did you know that the Akron Area YMCA has a variety of camp choices that they offer, year-round? It’s all up to the parent and child as to what they choose, and the opportunities are endless…

“Campers embark upon a learning adventure in a secure environment and bridge the gap between childhood and adulthood,” Doreen Vanchoff, Director of Marketing and Communications for the YMCA, said of their camps.

Along with having fun, kids grow in character as well.

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