Archive for Tuesday, May 22, 2012

100 years ago: Schoolchildren look forward to ‘Old Soldiers Day’

May 22, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 22, 1912:

  • "On next Saturday the Douglas County Equal Suffrage League will have charge of the news department of the Journal-World and will issue an edition of the paper. The women will have entire charge of all of the news of the day and will issue a paper that is after their own ideas and ideals. A complete staff of writers has been selected for this work and the town will be thoroughly covered by them. There will be women reporters in abundance and no doubt it will be a small piece of news that will escape them. No doubt it will be an interesting paper."
  • "There is one day in the school year that is marked with more real enjoyment on the part of the city school children than any other and that is fast approaching -- the day on which the 'Old Soldiers' visit the schools. It has long been a custom on the part of the G.A.R. to set aside one day each year on which to go to the various school buildings and talk to the children. It is a custom that is greatly enjoyed by both pupils and the old veterans. The veterans of the Civil War tell tales of the war, army life, some are immensely amusing, others are interesting and inspiring. Lessons of patriotism are taught in a more impressive way in this manner. The boys and girls never forget these stories and each year look forward anxiously to the visit of the soldiers."
  • "Reuben Casey, who escaped last week while on his way to the county rock pile, was located in Kansas City yesterday and brought back to Lawrence to serve out the balance of his sentence."


pace 5 years, 10 months ago

I think we need to bring respect for the veterans back. . Jobs, support for families, is needed. What they face is cuts in services. Most of the money spent on the plastic yellow ribbons stuck to the cars didn't go to services. We should think through how we show our support. The newspapers should have stories on how we can show support, not just stories about how some charities are scams. Which ones help? I know some need transportation help to the VA hospitals. I would like to see a regular weekly box of information of researched and valid ways to show our respect. Flying a flag on flag day is good, but lets put some muscle into our show of respect.

FlintlockRifle 5 years, 10 months ago

There will be women reporters in abundance and no doubt it will be a small piece of news that will escape them. No doubt it will be an interesting paper.-----Boy oh boy this comment would not work today, nice story. Pace hit the nail right on the head, our country needs to get back to respecting our men and women in uniform, fly our American flag each day and not just a few times a year on special occaions-------

pace 5 years, 10 months ago

Flying the flag is appropriate, but let us do more, make sure the state and federal government keeps their promises. Donate your time and money to programs that help them when their feet land back home. Yellow stickers and flying the flag, aren't the same as muscle.

Stephanie Hull 5 years, 10 months ago

I love the idea of "soldiers day" in schools. When I was in school, I would have loved it if veterans had come to talk about WWII, Korea, or Vietnam. I remember a couple of people coming to talk about living through the Great Depression, and hearing their stories made me led me to read more about that time in US history. Imagine what veterans' stories could do for students today.

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