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Archive for Thursday, May 26, 2011

25 years ago: Smaller version of ‘Hands Across America’ brings participants to South Park

May 26, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 26, 1986:

  • About 250 people joined hands in Lawrence’s South Park during a two-hour event planned to coincide with the national Hands Across America project. Organizer Eunice Stallworth had determined to hold a similar event in Lawrence after discovering that the national human chain was not to pass through the area. Local support was “tremendous,” according to Ms. Stallworth. Mayor Sandy Praeger had started the event by telling all participants to stand up and join hands. The group remained joined for five to ten minutes while a local radio station played “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” More than 500 cans of food, brought by participants, were donated to the Emergency Services Council food banks.
  • A three-man color guard, the playing of “Taps,” and 55 bell tolls from the Memorial Campanile accompanied the dedication of the new Vietnam Memorial at Kansas University. The memorial was designed to honor KU alumni who had died or were listed as missing in action or as prisoners of war in the Vietnam conflict.

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