Friday, May 27, 2011

What IS Memorial Day Anyway?

Originally written published in the Charter Oak-Ute NEWSpaper Thursday, May 22, 2003

"Memorial Day...celebrates and solemnly reaffirms from year to year a national act of enthusiasm and faith. It embodies in the most impressive form our belief that to act with enthusiasm and faith is the condition of acting greatly"
~Oliver Wendell Holmes
From an address delivered for Memorial Day, May 30, 1884

Monday is Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, Ashes Day, not to be confused with Labor Day, it’s book end on the other side of summer or Veteran’s Day, it’s half-brother which was really intended for the living. Since World War I, it’s also been called Poppy Day, because volunteers sell small, red artificial flowers as a fund-raiser for disabled veterans.

Legend has it that throughout history, after major wars red poppies seem to pop up on battlefields and on soldiers graves. Poppy seeds lay dormant in the soil until it is violently turned or dug up, causing them to sprout.

After WWI in Flanders Field, Belgium. In the bomb craters and on mounds of rubble, poppies bloomed everywhere. The heavily churned earth and high concentration of lime from the limestone buildings made the perfect catalyst for the poppies to grow.

Some thought that the red poppies looked spilled blood. British mothers wore poppies in remembrance of their lost sons. The poppy has since become a symbol of peace and of remembering the sacrifice of the fallen soldier.

Memorial Day may have began in 1868, when Civil War General John A. Logan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Union veterans’ organization, said that May 30th should be special day to decorate the graves of Union soldiers.

He may have chose May 30th on the suggestion of a Franco-American veteran, who noted that May 30th was "The Day of Ashes" in France-the day that Napoleon's remains were returned to France in 1840 from his exile to the island of St. Helena 1200 miles off Africa. What Napoleon’s ashes have to do with Union veterans, I have no idea.

Northern states celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday in May. This became a federal holiday in 1971. In the deep South, Memorial Day celebrations honor Confederate soldiers who died in "the war between the states." Mississippi and Alabama celebrate Confederate Memorial Day on the last Monday in April. In Florida and Georgia, the date is April 26. May 10 is Memorial Day in North and South Carolina, and the holiday is June 3 in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Texas observes Confederate Heroes Day on January 19 (Robert E. Lee's birthday).

The first large observance was held in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The cemetery already held the remains of 20,000 Union dead and several hundred Confederate dead. After speeches, children from the Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.

Many Americans don’t know is that how Arlington came to be our national cemetery. Arlington was the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Perhaps to send his family a message, Union sympathizers piled the remains of Confederate dead at his doorstep. You can imagine the stench.

Unfortunately the significance of this holiday is sometimes forgotten, buried in ads, sales, barbecues and water sports. It’s easy to see Memorial Day as just another day off. It certainly has a sweetness as the gateway to summer and a time for friends and families to gather.

But especially with two wars just in the last two years, I think we need to remember it for what it was intended, a day of mourning, and prayer for and gratitude to the men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty and their families.

Buy a poppy to support Veterans’ charities, pray for the widowed and orphaned families of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and thank God for your freedoms.

"Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking."
~Sir Walter Scott

Monday, May 23, 2011

Mallory Sub Lessons May 23

Thank you for covering my classes today. It's my turn to take our daughter to an appointment in Sioux City. The doctor wants to go over her test results with a parent.
  1. I'll be here all morning, but I need to leave right at noon.

  2. MS Art- I will start a movie for the 7th graders, they should also sort through their works to either take home, throw away, or leave for me to use as examples in the future. 
  3. Yearbook -
    Ashley & Taylor, please work on the following pages on
    • Play page 075
    Otherwise students may study for any other finals they may have, since we had our already and there's only one page left!
  4. Drawing II-  
    Final Self Portraits are due at the end of the class period today!
    Other Make-Up Work students may work on-
    • Formal Writing Project- William
    • Gustave Courbet- William
    • Oil Pastel-  William
    • Colored Pencil- William
    • 5 Choice Menu Book Exercises
    • 5 Sketchbook Drawings
    • Flower or Plant (12x18)
    • Illustrate a poem or song (12x18)
  5. Planning period- have a great afternoon!

Ted Mallory
Boyer Valley Community Schools
Challenging all students to meet their full potential 
Art | Yearbook | Cheerleading | Newsletter | Web Coordinator

School- 712-643-2258 Ext. 249
Cell- 712-269-5853


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

2011-12 Picture-a-Day

Hey Photographers- next year we're going to try something pretty ambitious for Yearbook. We're going to try to have a feature photo to chronicle each and every day! The top 2/3 will have group pictures and candids of teams and groups like any other yearbook, but the bottom 1/3 will have a little 5-day calendar with slots for pictures. 

There's no way I can pull this off alone. So, make plans on keeping a "photo-journal" every week. This should help us get pages done week by week, and it will help us try to get every hs student in the yearbook 3 times. We can use these pictures on the school website AND for Photography assignments if you're taking that class.

Also: We really want to have Baseball & Softball pictures in the 2011-12 yearbook, so PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE try to take some and be sure to email them to me as soon as you do! Othber shots you might want to try for that we can use in yearbook and Photo class (maybe even website) are 4th of July in Dunlap or Dow City,  4H and the 4 County Fair, again, email them to me or upload them to Flickr as soon as you get them and we'll go from there. THANKS!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011


I sent lessons for all day, but (barring unforeseen complications) I'm
planning on coming in after lunch- I should be there for 5th/6th

Mallory Sub Lesson Thurs May 12

Thank you for covering my classes today. My 6yr old threw up and has been sick at school the last couple of days so it's high time I took her to the Doctor.
  1. Planning Period-
  2. Independent Study (IND) Digital Photography- Madison McDunough may work on compiling and printing her portfolio, commenting on classmate's photos on Flickr, or take the Chapt. 9 quiz online.

    IND Ceramics- Rosario Nelson may finish-up her last few works, or she may go practice music with Mr. Jordan for commencement Sunday.

  3. Ceramics- Seniors may help clean the classroom, their lockers, or sign out. Underclassmen can glaze, finish working on their final 5 projects, or help clean the classroom- especially sinks, potter's wheels, and kiln room door.
    CLEAN-UP is very important, they should start at 10:57. The lid must be back on the barrel. Works in progress should be covered with plastic and in the "greenhouse" (metal cabinet in the kiln room). 
    Please close the doors to the greenhouse when they leave. 

  4. MS Art- No 7th graders on Thursdays, they will go to either PE or Mr. Brunning's studyhall
  5. Yearbook -
    YrBk I students (Brian, Billy, & Kameron) should work on the wrestling page
    YrBk II students, please work on the following pages on
    • Golf 56-5758-59
    • Track 
    • Clubs 63-69
    • MS StuCo 74
    • Play 75
    • Prom 78
    And please stay off of Facebook during school! Grrr!
    Thank You
  6. Drawing II-  
    Make-Up Work
    • Formal Writing Project- William
    • Gustave Courbet- Kayla, William, Gage
    • Oil Pastel-  William
    • Colored Pencil- Katie, William, Gage
    Your Choice
    • 5 Choice Menu Book Exercises
    • 5 Sketchbook Drawings
    Class Projects
    1. Flower or Plant (12x18)
    2. Illustrate a poem or song (12x18)