Memorial Day Weekend —
In between the Nordstrom half yearly sale, the BottleRock Festival in Napa, Warriors basketball, and backyard barbeques – take a moment to stop and reflex on what the singular purpose of Memorial Day.
- To honor those who gave their last full measure of devotion, their lives in service to the flag of the United States and the Republic for which it stands – one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all
- Following the Civil War, Congress – in 1868 — set aside Monday May 30 as Decoration Day as a day when each community would decorate the graves of their community’s fallen with flowers and honor their sacrifice.
- Decoration Day remained a state holiday until the passage of the Uniform Holiday Act in 1968 that created many three day holiday weekends – we celebrate —
- But it was not until 1971 – during the Vietnam War — that Congress officially changed the holiday to Memorial Day in recognition of those who fell in all the wars fought since the Civil War – from the Indian Wars to 1898 to Two World Wars, Korea and Vietnam – and now the 16 year old war on terror
- If you have the opportunity – take a moment or two or an hour to participate in the Memorial Day events scheduled in your community.
In the numbers this week:
California Public Education –
The Governor’s May Revised – the final revision of the planned California State Budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year is in front of the Legislature and there are some interesting numbers for us to consider –
To catch up – to give our kids the education they deserve –
- Smaller classes
- Longer school year
- More electives
- Expanded athletics and other extra-curricular activities
- The latest technology tools
The legislature would have to DOUBLE current state spending on education!