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Miller Grove News for June 2, 2011

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Have you ever carried on a tradition for years and not really known how the tradition came about or originated? Well, that is the way I have been all of these years about two different things that have occurred this week. One of them is the Memorial Day holiday. The other is Baccalaureate services for the graduates.

I have always known that Memorial Day was to honor the veterans and give thanks for the people of have sacrificed their lives so that we could live in a free country, but I didn’t know how the holiday originated. Of course, the good old Internet helped to answer my question. Just in case you are wondering I will fill you in on what I have learned. Memorial Day was started as “Decoration Day” and was originally started to honor those who had died while in the armed forces. In 1868, the day was proclaimed to honor the Civil War veterans. The northern states were the first to recognize the day. After World War I, the holiday was changed from honoring the Civil War veterans to honoring veterans of any war where the soldier had lost his or her life. I had no idea that the holiday had roots as far back as the 1800s.

Another tradition that I was lacking knowledge of is the Baccalaureate services for graduating classes. I went to my own Baccalaureate services and have been most every year that I can remember. But, I didn’t know why until I did a little research on the subject. You guessed it, I turned to the Internet once again. Well, the Internet and the Merriam Webster Dictionary to be exact. Webster’s dictionary defines Baccalaureate as being a service to a graduating class. My first thought was, “Yes, I knew that.” So I dug a little farther and found out that Baccalaureate services started several hundred years ago. Wikipedia Encyclopedia defines it as, “… a service in worship and celebration of and thanksgiving for lives dedicated to learning and wisdom.” Most Baccalaureate services have a religious background, but not always. This year Mr. Ronald Davis, MG High School math teacher, delivered the sermon for this graduating class. We had quite a crowd this year. Mr. Davis did an excellent job relating the student’s lives and the apostle Paul’s live to running a mile long race. You start out running fast, you slow down at times, but no matter how hard you must finish the race. And, the seniors’ races are just now beginning.

Happy birthday to Justin Scott and Kathy Lennon on May 29, Marlene Sturdevant on June 1, Lewis Russell and Dakota Hrabal on June 2, and Mac Garrett on June 3.

We also have two anniversaries in the community this week. Happy 30th anniversary to Stephen and Fran Sparks on June 1. And a very special anniversary will be celebrated by Floyd and Marlene Strudevant on June 1. It will be their 60th! Congratulations to both couples.

Upcoming events: Eighth grade graduation will be Thursday, June 2, at 7 p.m. in the new gym. High School graduation will be Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m. and will also be in the new gym.

As you travel the highways and byways don’t forget that all roads lead home and back to Miller Grove. Please send me any newsworthy information. My e-mail address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





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