News from the Past — Memorial Day, 1958
- Published: May 31, 2021
From the News archives, 1958:
With two school bands, the American Legion and Legion Auxiliary, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and Brownies in the line of March, Yellow Springs made its traditional parade to Glen Forest Cemetery Friday to hold Memorial Day services.
Wendell Grimes of the Legion served as master of ceremonies and school superintendent R. E. Augspurger gave the principal address. A Legion firing squad fired a salute to the war dead and trumpeters from the Bryan band played ‘taps’ to end the day’s ceremonies.
Mr. Augspurger set the tone for his talk as he quoted from Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address,” “It is rather for us, the living, to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us … for which they gave their last full measure of devotion … that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth!”
“If Lincoln were alive what would he say is that task?” asked Mr. Augspurger.
“Woodrow Wilson called World War I a struggle to keep the world safe for democracy,” he recalled.
“Franklin Roosevelt, after Pearl Harbor, said ‘the true good we seek … a world which will be safe for our children … Liberty under God.'”
Quoting from the preamble of UNESCO (United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Mr. Augspurger declared, “Since wars began in the minds of men — it is in the minds of men that the defense of Peace must be constructed. Through education we must build the defense of Peace.”
“Each of us … must help … to free ourselves from … belief that war ever settles anything.”
Technical assistance, hospitals, schools are effective ways of sowing “seeds of understanding and faith in which some day the seeds of war will no longer germinate,” Mr. Augspurger went on.
“The idea of waging peace through education … is one that I believe should receive the enlistment of as much energy as we can throw into the conflict …”
“We shall push forward slowly toward the dawn of a brighter day.”
— Yellow Springs News, Thursday, June 5, 1958