The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
May 30, 1918, continued
MEMORIAL DAY QUIETLY OBSERVED THROUGH VALLEY
In keeping with the seriousness of the times and in accordance with President Wilson’s proclamation to make the day one of public humiliation, fasting and prayer, the Memorial celebration in Medford today was one of the quietest in years.
At 10 a.m. there was a short parade for the city park to the Page theater, where a patriotic program was observed under the auspices of the G. A. R. and W. R. C.. In the line of march the G. A. R. and W. R. C. organizations had the post of honor with company F, Oregon State Guards, formerly the home guard, as escort. Root’s band and Chief Marshal Lawton headed the parade, in which also marched the Improved Order of Red Men, the Boy Scouts, the Elks and school children.
The patriotic program at the Page followed the parade, the chief feature of which was an eloquent address by Rev. Dr. J. C. Rollins. The program was interspersed with orchestral music and instrumental selections, including Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.
At 2 p.m. the G. A. R., W. R. C. and citizens general decorated the graves of the soldiers in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.
RED CROSS NEEDS YOUR HELP
Out of the bleeding heart of Europe there comes a cry heard above the moan of the broken body racked with pain. The Soul of Freedom, at bay with Death, cries out to save Liberty for the race of men. It is YOUR Liberty, your nation’s freedom, your children’s birthright, that is fighting for its life. All that life holds for you as an American is at stake in this war, and you must fight for it to the utmost limits of you power. We cannot all be in the trenches, but every one of us can — and must — sustain those who are. Not as an act of mercy, but as an act of war — as a Soldier of the Nation — help the Red Cross heal, support, cheer our Soldiers and Sailors of Liberty that they may fight the sooner, the harder, the longer in this Holy War. Give to the Red Cross every dollar, every cent that you possibly can — give till you heart says stop.
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