For a long time folks debated whether Memorial Day was started by the Rebels or the Yankees. That was because it got its start following the Civil War and was then known as Decoration Day. Actually, it was due to the women on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line, who honored their fallen by decorating their graves.
Over the years more wars followed — The Spanish American War, World War I and World War II as well as “undeclared wars” like Korea and Viet Nam — and the number of graves grew and national cemeteries were created.
For years, commemorative events took place throughout the country on different days. Eventually May 30 was set as the day for remembrance. However, in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act that declared that certain federal holidays would always take place on a Monday, allowing for a three-day holiday weekend for federal employees. The Act also established Memorial Day as a federal holiday.
Even if you don’t have someone who made the greatest sacrifice, you are the beneficiary of their legacy.
BTW, some people confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. While they are both federal holidays, they serve different purposes. Memorial Day commemorates the lives lost while serving in the military. Veterans Day honors all U.S. military veterans.
It’s not everyone who has Diane Sawyer and David Muir show up for their going away party. Well, “20/20” anchor Elizabeth Vargas did. After working at ABC for 21 years, she was the guest of honor at a party Monday, May 21, hosted by Senior Executive Producer David Sloan.
Starting Monday the 55-year-old brunette will be “the face of the new A&E franchise, ‘A&E Investigates.’”
What does this have to do with North Texas nonprofits? Simple. She’s coming to town for “Leave A Legacy” supper at Dallas Auction Gallery on Thursday, October 11, for The Magdalen House that has helped women in recovery from alcoholism for the past 31 years.
According to Magdalen House Executive Director Lisa Kroencke, “More than 108,000 women are alcohol-dependent in the Dallas County area. We believe that our no-cost treatment program, provided in a safe and supportive environment, with accurate information about the problem and the solution, will help women recover from alcoholism.”
Elizabeth herself knows about the struggle of alcoholism and wrote a book, “Between Breaths: A Memoir Of Panic and Addition,” dealing her battle that resulted in repeated relapses, near firing by ABC News and the impact on her marriage. Finally in 2014 it was being drunk the day of her 8-year-old son’s birthday that was the final straw. Instead of baking a vanilla coconut cake, she drank the day away resulting in her brother and sister taking her to a detox center in California.
Tickets are available here.
* Photo courtesy of The Magdalen House
Despite the temperatures settling in past the 90-degree mark, it was Christmas time at Bent Tree County Club today. After a year of fundraising, the Northwood Woman’s Club presented checks totaling $297,000 to the following very happy nonprofits:
- Attitudes and Attire — $31,500
- Callier Center for Communication Disorders — $40,500
- Cristo Rey Dallas — $47,000
- Dallas CASA — $50,000
- Interfaith Family Services — $36,000
- St. Simon’s After-School $31,500
- NWC Scholarship Fund at Communities Foundation of Texas — $25,000
It was actually hard to tell who was happier about the check presentations — the recipients or the club membership. Details of the presentation will come in the
days weeks to come. But did want to share the great news.
The word just broke this morning that the Cattle Baronesses have selected the leadership for the 2019 Cattle Baron’s Ball.
According to 2018 CBB Co-Chairs Katy Bock and Jonika Nix, “It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2019 Cattle Baron’s Ball Chairs – Wendy Messmann and Lisa Shirley! We look forward to a fun and successful year under their very capable leadership.”
Wendy and Lisa will be working together with their committee of 98 and countless members of the CBB posse to provide funding for the research and development of treatments in battling against cancer.
Stay tuned for details about plans for the fundraiser.
* Photo credit: Holt Haynsworth
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