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In Bucks and Montgomery County, Bucks County Alive has a great Calendar of Events! Search by date, type of event, or venues. Click here.
If you’re looking for Memorial weekend events, click here.
In Lehigh County, click here for a calendar of events from Lehigh Valley Live.
Memorial Day in United States
Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date.
It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is combined with Jefferson Davis' Birthday in Mississippi.
Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. This day is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season for cultural events. For the fashion conscious, it is seen as acceptable to wear white clothing, particularly shoes from Memorial Day until Labor Day. However, fewer and fewer people follow this rule and many wear white clothing throughout the year.
Education classes at the Keystone Opportunity Center
Adult Education Department offers English as a Second Language, English Language/Civics, GED, Adult Basic Education classes and/or tutoring. The program is funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Division of Adult Basic and Literacy Education. Each year, we serve approximately 400 adult students in Bucks and Montgomery counties. Classes are free to students who are interested in working towards improving skills for attaining the following goals:
- Obtain Employment
- Retain Employment
- Obtain a GED
- Advance to post-secondary education or a job-specific certificate program
- Attain U.S. Citizenship
Interested students must attend orientation and assessment/placement sessions in Souderton, but may be tutored or take morning, afternoon, or evening classes at our sites in Lansdale, Hatfield, and/or Souderton.
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The mission of Keystone Opportunity Center is to help community members in need by offering a comprehensive array of social services that educate, encourage and empower them to become self sufficient.