Memorial Day Roundup 2015

Danny and Tony watch fireworks

Danny and Tony Watch Fireworks

Memorial Day started after the Civil War when several different places around the country started the tradition of decorating all veterans graves from the Civil War. Over the years its meaning has blurred as it was expanded to remember first all deceased veterans and then to all lost loved ones. Then it was caught in the great 3 Day Weekend Holiday grab and many people today see it merely as the opening weekend of summer. Learn more about the history of Memorial Day.

For whatever reason Memorial Day never seemed to be that big a deal in Springfield. Part of that might be the focus on the similarly patriotic 4th of July and the Bauer BBQ. Part of it is because in the CBS soap landscape As the World Turns already had dibs on Memorial Day with the annual Hughes Memorial Day Picnic. Sadly that ended sometime when I was still little, but if anyone has any memories of Memorial Day on either As the World Turns or Guiding Light, please share.

Rev. Ruthledge’s Memorial Day sermon from 1937:

Memorial Day 1991:

WSPR Buzz Cooper Dedicates Memorial 2007:

Memorial Day Celebrations in Springfield 2010:

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.


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