Memorial Day has come to mean different things to different people over the years. For many it marks the beginning of the summer vacation ritual, the traditional opening of community swimming pools and a safe time to plant the vegetable garden.
But Memorial Day has deeper, more solemn meaning. Originally called Decoration Day, it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Many people use Memorial Day as a time to visit and decorate family gravesites.
At the end of the Civil War many southern communities designated a day to mark the end of the war or as a memorial to those who had died. Many of the formerly Confederate States refused to celebrate Decoration Day due to lingering hostility towards the Union Army and also because there were relatively few veterans of the Union Army who were buried in the South.
Memorial Day was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. By 1890 Memorial Day was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, instead honoring its dead on separate days until after World War I when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
Memorial Day is now officially celebrated on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 to ensure a three day weekend for federal holidays.
Regardless of how you view Memorial Day there’s plenty to do in Clarke County over the coming three-day weekend. Have fun and drive safely!
Clarke County Memorial Day Service
Clarke County’s annual Memorial Day Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 30th, in Rose Hill Park, Berryville, Virginia. The program for the service was developed by a committee of local citizens, representatives of VFW Post 9760, and representatives of American Legion Post 41. The program will include patriotic music, military salutes, prayers, and speeches. For additional information, please contact Rodney Lloyd at 955-2005.
Bank of Clarke County’s Charity Golf Tournament for the Men
The Bank of Clarke County’s Charity Golf Tournament for the Men will be held from 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM at the Millwood Country Club. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities. For more information call John Hudson or Johnny Milleson at 540-955-2510.
Clarke County High School Band Car Wash
Make sure that your car looks it best for the long weekend! CCHS students will wash your ride Saturday from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. At Broy’s Well and Pump Service in Berryville. Cost? Make a donation! Proceeds will go towards band equipment, uniforms, and competition fees. This is a great way to support the CCHS band.
Strawberries! Strawberries! Strawberries!
Memorial Day also means strawberries and ice cream. You’ll find plenty of both throughout the area this weekend:
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Berryville will host its annual Strawberry Fesitval on Saturday from 9:00am-2:00pm. The festival features a yard sale, bake sale, plant sale and plenty of home-made strawberry & vanilla ice cream!. Lunch from 11:00am – 2:00 pm includes fried chicken, 3-bean salad, potato salad, roll, deviled egg, and iced tea. There will be a dollar raffles include a $100 gas card and a $25 gift certificate to the Berryville Grille and a gourmet sunshine basket. Wow!.
Delaplane Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park is not really in Clarke County but its close enough to consider for good measure. The annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival will offer live music, arts and crafts, old-fashioned games for the kids, a petting farm, hay rides, historical exhibits, a silent auction, great food and plenty of fresh strawberries on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $20 per vehicle at the gate. Directions to Sky Meadows State Park can be found at http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/sky.shtml.
PBR, a local favorite, performs on Friday, May 28th and Sarah Bennett Swanner performs May 29th at Horseshoe Curve Restaraunt. Sarah’s sweet voice sings songs from Patsy to Janis. The Horseshoe Curve Restaurant is at 1162 Pine Grove Road, in Pine Grove. For more information call 540-554-8291.
Dave Pepper does British favorites at Lone Oak Tavern on Friday May 28 at 8:00 PM. The Lone Oak Tavern is at 12696 Lord Fairfax Highway near the intersection of Route 50 and Route 340, Boyce, Virginia Phone 540-837-1210 for more information
Medicine Wind will be featured at the Battletown Inn on Saturday May 29th. Call 540-955-4100 for details.
Roger Chavez, Local Hero, Remembered
Join others from our community in a Celebration of the Life of Roger Chavez on Saturday, May 29th from 2:00 pm until dark at The Mill at Carter Hall in Millwood, Virginia. Roger Chavez was 69 when he died at his Millwood home on Dec. 29, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Roger’s death came less than seven weeks after the dedication of the Clarke County Historical Association Museum, which he had shepherded into existence and considered his most important legacy. In true Roger style, the party will be complete with BBQ, blue jeans, beer and bluegrass. Please visit http://www.Thank-ya-bye.com to RSVP or post a remembrance.
If wine’s your thing then Clarke’s your place this weekend!
Veramar Vineyards says that if you love wine and food then come join us for Memorial Day festivities on Saturday May 29th. Veramar will provide the music, you provide your friends! Noon until 5:00 pm. For more information call: 540-955-5510
How about Wine 101 with Bill of Downey Wines this weekend? Friday’s 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm event is open to a limited number of guests. Please RSVP Locke Modern Country Store 2049 Millwood Road Millwood, Virginia. For more information please call 540-837-1275 or http://www.lockestore.com