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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Memorial Day

Written by David Green.

Take the time to remember

When was the last time a really large crowd showed up at Morenci’s Oak Grove Cemetery on Memorial Day morning? It probably happens about as often as a member of the marching band faints from the heat, and it’s been a long time since that occurred.

Lots of people line the streets to watch the flags and fire trucks, the band, the Boy Scouts and the decorated bicycles go by. But that’s not what Memorial Day is about, and few of the watchers make the trek to the cemetery where the solemn service takes place.

Is Memorial Day only for veterans? Of course not. They’re honoring fallen comrades, but that doesn’t shut out those who didn’t serve. It’s not a salute to war; it’s the commemoration of those who died in service to their country.

Many of those who scratch their heads over the poor showing at the Memorial Day service point back to Congressional action taken in 1971. It was then that Memorial Day lost its May 30 designation and instead became part of a three-day weekend.

For many people, a walk or drive to the cemetery has become an inconvenience to weekend plans. Think about the flags on tombstones in cemeteries across the nation and realize that thousands of them died while in military service.

That’s why we need to pause for remembrance on Memorial Day.

– David Green, May 24, 2006

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