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Canton Cup Memorial Day Tournament Celebrates 30 Years

Be a part of history this holiday weekend when one of the biggest tournaments in the country comes to town. This year the 30th Annual Canton Cup will host over 690 teams from Michigan and beyond to compete on soccer fields throughout Canton. Newer soccer titles and instructional videos can be found in the library's collection. Enjoy the games!

[Youth Soccer by Herald Post on flickr used under a CC BY-NC 2.0 license]

Memorial Day Supply Drive to Benefit Veterans

Before we celebrate Memorial Day, let's commemorate. Please help CPL as we collect items to be donated to the VA Hospital of Ann Arbor for distribution to homeless veterans. Donations will be appreciatively accepted beginning Thursday, May 10 through Thursday, May 31 at the Reception Desk.
Suggested donations include:
  • Rolls of Lifesavers (or other hard candy)
  • Rice Krispies bars (or granola bars, etc.)
  • Plastic utensils (knives, forks, spoons)
  • Napkins
  • Ritz snack mix (or other trail mix)
  • Easy-open cans of tuna, chicken or other meats
Other general requests include $5-10 gift cards to Wendy's or McDonald's; cans of coffee (regular or decaf); prepaid telephone calling cards; new crossword puzzles and word search books.

Get Your Kicks this Weekend at the 28th Canton Cup

Memorial Day weekend brings the Annual Canton Cup, the largest soccer tournament of it's kind in Michigan, right here to Canton. Over 781 teams from across Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ontario will compete on soccer fields throughout the area. Check out the new soccer titles recently added to the library's collection.
Photo courtesy of Flickr: Herald-Post

Award Winning Military History Books

Celebrate Memorial Day by checking out some of these books. Each year, the Society for Military History gives awards to outstanding literature in this genre. Here are some of the titles that we own:

Society for Military History — Distinguished Book Awards

Vietnam's forgotten army: heroism and betrayal in the ARVN by Andrew Wiest

Caesar: life of a colossus by Adrian Goldsworthy

Award Winning Military History

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers. Here is a list of award winning military history by year with links to other related book awards.

For a shorter list, see the bookmark entitled "Books About WWII" listed under our nonfiction bookmarks or to view films with war settings, see "Feature Films about WWII" listed under our "Movies" bookmarks.

Lest We Forget Movies for Memorial Day

Memorial Day was established in 1868 following the end of the American Civil War as General Orders No. 11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters:

II. It is the purpose of the Commander in Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

Over the past two centuries, wars continue to be fought, and Hollywood has immortalized them on film:

Get Ready for Memorial Day Weekend

Need something to help pass the time this Memorial Day weekend? Why not try Who Stole Uncle Sam? It's a fun mystery about two kids trying to find the missing Uncle Sam at a Memorial Day race. There's plenty of other great reads at the CPL, too, so make sure to stop by before heading out of town!