Recalling sacrifice is purpose of the day

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As we head into the first three-day weekend of the upcoming summer season, it’s good to remember why Memorial Day is observed. In 1868 it was known as Decoration Day, a day to adorn the graves of Civil War soldiers. Now it commemorates American war dead through the generations.

This weekend, with seemingly simple but meaningful acts, veterans, scouts and citizens will show their respect for those who have served and given their last full measure of devotion. They will clean cemeteries and headstones, they will place hundreds of wreaths and flags. They will attend and participate in color, honor and rifle guards. They will salute and sing the anthem of America and offer quiet prayers of gratitude and silent tears. But most importantly, they will remember the sacrifice these service members made.

Take some time from the picnics and attend with your family one of many ceremonies being held in our communities on Monday. See the list below in Things to Do.

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Things to Do: Tonight, the Jeanne Holmberg Charitable Trust presents the Spring Time Musicale at the Jacklin Arts and Culture Center in Post Falls. The free performance begins at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy presents its season finale concert, “From Bach to Rock!” at 6 p.m. at the NIC Schuler Performing Arts Auditorium. Open to the public; admission is free. Info: www.cdacharter.org

Also on Thursday, Bacon Fest North Idaho is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Silver Lake Mall, to benefit St. Vincent de Paul. Cost: $25 per person. Info: 208-664-3095

Friday enjoy a lake cruise on Broadway and Symphony on a Boat when Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre performers are joined by the Coeur d’Alene Symphony, boarding 5:30 p.m on east side of The Coeur d’Alene Resort. Info: www.cdasummertheatre.com

CYT North Idaho opens “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kroc Center. The performances run Friday, Saturday and Sunday through June 2. Info: 208-930-1001.

On Saturday at 9 a.m. the public is invited to assist placing more than 600 large flags on veterans’ graves at Evergreen Cemetery in Post Falls. American Legion Post 143 is coordinating the effort and providing the flags. Bring gloves and long screwdrivers to clean debris from the PVC flag holder holes. Info: 208-773-9054.

Monday and Tuesday, the Coeur d’Alene Dog Fanciers Dog Show runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. Public welcome with free admission, $5 parking.

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Memorial Day, Monday, May 27:

At 9 a.m. Coeur d’Alene Veterans of Foreign Wars 889 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony in the veterans plaza at McEuen Park.

Post Falls American Legion Post 143, in cooperation with the city of Post Falls, will conduct ceremonies at Evergreen Cemetery at 10 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m., a wreath-laying ceremony is planned at Honeysuckle Beach in Hayden Lake.

At 11 a.m. VFW Post 889 will preside over a ceremony at Forest Cemetery near the Civil War statue.

Note the new time this year — 11 a.m. — for the Pappy Boyington Detachment 966 of the Marine Corps League’s ceremony at Coeur d’Alene Memorial Gardens on North Government Way.

The city of Hayden Veterans Council hosts its annual Memorial Day ceremony at McIntire Family Park stage behind City Hall at 11 a.m.

The city of Rathdrum and American Legion Post 154 host ceremonies at the Pinegrove Cemetery at noon.

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“...We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

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Happy birthday today to Eric Soles, Marcia Babcock, Kalil Barkie, Michelle Fehling Purcell, Fred Glisson, Ken Keast, Tasha Seath and Jonathan Larson. Tomorrow John Webb, Marlo Faulkner, Denise Durflinger, Margie McGaughey, Theresa Williams, Tom Morgan, Susan Ballinger, Joel Riner, April Needham, Steve Vick and Elaine Pandolfi blow out their birthday candles.

On Friday Richard Wilson, Shirley Galloway, Adam DeLuca, Amy Moffat and Michelle Pfennigs share a birthday. On Saturday Jessie Morrow, Lori Moreland, Paul Finman, Toni Schelske, Dick Haugen, Joyce Harwood, Kasey Short, Debbi Long, Brad Cederblom, Sara Houser, Justin Jaworski and Char Carstensen take another trip around the sun.

Putting on their party hats on Sunday are Matt Roetter, Fairel Wideen, Jessica Lenz, Dorothy Montgomery, Kim Grout and Rob Brickett. On Monday Mryl Halliday (70!), Kenny Gabriel, Nancy Herold, Corey Wideen and Greg Gilliland have red, white and blue Memorial Day birthdays.

Shirlee Wandrocke,Tyson Bell, Scott Shellman, Dane Dugan, Donnie Shuck, John Caylor, Melissa Feusier, Vance Ackley and Judy Padilla will celebrate on Tuesday.

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Kerri Rankin Thoreson is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the former publisher of the Post Falls Tribune. Main Street appears every Wednesday in The Press. Kerri can be contacted on Facebook or via email mainstreet@cdapress.com. Follow her on Twitter @kerrithoreson.

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