Monday News, May 25
Origin Of "Taps"
(Untitled) -- The sound of taps will be heard at thousands of cemeteries across the nation today, as people take the time to honor veterans who either sacrificed their lives, or passed on before us. There are many legends as to the origin of the musical tune taps, but the most common is that it started in 1842 by Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield. Within months both the Union and Confederate forces adopted the tune. It was officially recognized by the United States Army in 1874. It was Captain John C. Tidball, a West Point cadet from the class of 1848 that started the custom of playing taps at military funerals. "Taps" is sounded during each of the military wreath ceremonies conducted at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, including the ones held on Memorial Day.
Avenue Of Flags Ceremony
(Le Mars) -- The American Legion Wasmer Post #241 of Le Mars will hold its 50th annual "Avenue of the Flags" ceremony today at the Plymouth County Courthouse grounds. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m., but prior to the ceremony will be a Memorial Day Parade. Post Commander Wayne Schipper explains.
School Officials Are Frustrated Over Legislator's Delay For Education Funding Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - As budget talks drag on in the state Capitol, educators are growing increasingly frustrated.
School funding has been a central point of conflict throughout the legislative session, with the Democratic-led Senate seeking to provide more new dollars than the Republican-controlled House for the 2015-2016 academic year. The two sides are about $50 million apart on funding.
Paul Gausman, superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District, says his district removed about 20 instructional assistant jobs from its payroll as it waits for word about additional money.
David Benson, superintendent for the Cedar Rapids Community School District, says the impasse has forced his district to keep about 30 teaching jobs on hold.
Legislative leaders say they are making progress on reaching a budget deal. They'll resume negotiations this week.
Red Cross Is Consolidating Offices In Eastern Iowa
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Several American Red Cross offices in eastern Iowa will be consolidating to reduce costs, but the nonprofit says it is not cutting jobs or services.
The agency will close its Marshalltown office and move to a smaller Waterloo office.
Pami Erickson is executive director of the south and eastern Iowa chapter of the Red Cross. She says the chapter will actually add one job as part of the changes.
The Marshalltown office had been used only for storage in recent years. Those items will move to the emergency management building.
In Waterloo, the Red Cross will give up four offices it is leasing and move into free space provided by Red Cross Blood Services.