Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with more than two dozen towns claiming to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. Memorial Day was officially recognized on May 30, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Traditional observance of Memorial Day has changed over the years. Most people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

At the Senior Center we are honoring all who have passed before us. On May 27, we will be hosting a memorial program beginning at 11:30 a.m. We will have a color guard to post the colors, music and a candlelight ceremony with the reading of names from a Memorial Tree. You can help us decorate the Memorial Tree by purchasing a leaf to honor your loved one. Leaves are available for $10. Special decals are available for those who served in the military. A free lunch will be served at noon. Reservations are required as space is limited. Join us for this special event. Call 272-3620 to reserve your seat for lunch or to purchase a leaf for the Memorial Tree.

Craft shop

Remember the Senior Center Craft Shop for your wedding and graduation gift shopping. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Garage sale

The Senior Center Garage Sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. If you have items to donate, deliver them to the Senior Center, 907 N. 10th St., or call 272-3620. See you there.

Scheduled activities

Thursday: This is the first day of "Youth Go Free" rides. TOPS meet at 8:30 a.m. The art class meets at 10 a.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m.

Friday: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m., followed by STEPS at 10 a.m. A nurse is available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge begins at 12:45 p.m. Nutrition Council meets at 1 p.m.

Saturday: Prairie Land Food pick-up is from 7 to 8 a.m. The Senior Center garage sale is from 9 a.m. to noon in the two-car garage in the alley. The pool room is open in the afternoon.

Sunday: Duplicate bridge begins at 2 p.m.

Monday: Exercises are at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Humdinger Band practices at 12:30 p.m. Bridge and double pinochle begin at 12:45 p.m. The Upbeats practice at 3 p.m. Duplicate bridge is at 7 p.m.

Tuesday: Pitch is played at 12:45 p.m. Bingo will start at 1:30 p.m.

May 26: Line dancing starts at 8:30 a.m. STEPS begin at 10 a.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. Pinochle starts at 12:45 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. will feature "Granny Z." The cost is $4 per person. Bring finger food for the break.

Lunch menus

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Ham and beans or beef stew, creamy coleslaw, stewed tomatoes, corn bread.

Friday: Sausage gravy on a biscuit, mashed potatoes, pears and carrots, citrus fruit.

Monday: Taco salad, refried beans, cheese, tortilla chips, strawberries with peaches.

Tuesday: Sweet and sour chicken on rice, broccoli with cheese sauce, wheat roll, blueberry whip.

May 26: Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, tossed salad, wheat roll, pineapple upside down cake.