May at the BMCC Library
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Left to right: Fallon Craig, Jennifer Jones, Samantha Morehouse, Daniel Winn, and Joseph Lord
Alison Timmons read Kaylee Hayden and Len White's winning poetry, as they were unable to attend.
- 1st: The Bleeding Tree by Jennifer Jones
- 2nd: Flutterby by Samantha Morehouse
- 3rd: The Choosing by Fallon Craig
- 1st: Ocean Facade by Kaylee Hayden
- 2nd: Fall Rain by Daniel Winn
- 3rd: My Childhood Memories by Len White
- 1st: Resurrection by Joseph Lord
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GRAND PRIZE (4 credit hour scholarship)
- The Bleeding Tree by Jennifer Jones
One year later, in 1790, the Coast Guard (part of Homeland Security in peace time) was established. This was followed by the founding of the Department of the Navy in 1798.
The decision to unify the different services under one Department led to the creation of the National Military Establishment in 1947. This establishment would replace the War Department, which converted to the Department of the Army. That same year, the U.S. Air Force was established followed by the founding of the Department of the Air Force.
Finally, the three military branches, Army, Navy, and Air Force, were placed under the direct control of the new Secretary of Defense, confirmed by Senate.
In 1949, an amendment to the National Security Act further consolidated the national defense structure by withdrawing cabinet-level status from the three Service secretaries. The National Military Establishment was then renamed the Department of Defense.
A Day of Reflection
A Brief History of Memorial Day
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to our country. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers.
During the first national celebration, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who were buried there. This event was inspired by local observances of the day that had taken place in several towns throughout America in the three years since the Civil War. By the late 1800s, many more cities and communities had begun to observe Memorial Day, and after World War I, it became an occasion for honoring those who had died in all America’s wars.
Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery each year with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Traditionally, the President or Vice President lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.
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