Happy Memorial Day – May 27, 2019

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation’s freedom.  Memorial Day is truly an American holiday and is observed each year on the last Monday of May.  Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day”.  After the Civil War, mourners began to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers from both the Confederate and Union armies.  Eventually this tradition incorporated those fallen after World War One and on.  Thus, the celebration was extended to honor all Americans who died while serving their country.

America interred its first unknown soldier on Armistice Day in 1921.  Every Memorial Day, this soldier and other unknown soldiers are honored by a wreath laying ceremony conducted by the President or Vice President in honor of all soldiers who never made it home.  All across America, veterans and civilians still gather to honor and celebrate those who have given their lives for the freedom of our nation.  Now celebrated on the fourth Monday of May, it ensures a three day holiday for federal employees.  Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day.  Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates and honors the service of all U.S. military veterans.

We at Copperfield Hill, would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Veterans.  We are reminded each day of the service and sacrifice you have given for all of us.


To learn more about Memorial Day, visit www.history.com and www.almanac.com.



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Arthritis Awareness Month

Arthritis is not a singular disease, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis. People of all walks of life can be effected by arthritis. It is most common among women and older adults. Since arthritis is an umbrella term for joint pain and joint disease, there is a wide range of risk factors. Some factors are within the individuals control, while other risk factors are not.

Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Discomfort associated with osteoarthritis is due to the loss of cartilage between bones. Bones then rub together causing pain and stiffness. Risk factors can be excessive weight, family history, age and previous injuries. Osteoarthritis can be prevented by wearing proper sports equipment, staying active and maintaining a healthy weight. Rheumatoid Arthritis is when the immune system doesn’t work properly and attacks the joints with inflammation. This inflammation can cause joint erosion and damage to other organs. Autoimmunity can be triggered from genetic and environmental factors like smoking.

Learn more at www.arthritis.org and www.mayoclinic.org





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Happy Mother’s Day from Copperfield Hill

Sunday, May 12, 2019 is Mother’s Day.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of the moms out there a happy Mother’s Day.  Celebrating mothers has always been special.  Below is a brief bit of history of how this holiday came to be.

Mother’s Day—Some History*
The origins of Mother’s Day as celebrated in the United States date back to the 19th century. In the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children.
These clubs later became a unifying force in a region of the country still divided over the Civil War. In 1868 Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.
Another precursor to Mother’s Day came from the abolitionist and suffragette Julia Ward Howe. In 1870 Howe wrote the “Mother’s Day Proclamation,” a call to action that asked mothers to unite in promoting world peace. In 1873 Howe campaigned for a “Mother’s Peace Day” to be celebrated every June 2.
Other early Mother’s Day pioneers include Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist who inspired a local Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the 1870s. The duo of Mary Towles Sasseen and Frank Hering, meanwhile, both worked to organize a Mothers’ Day in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some have even called Hering “the father of Mothers’ Day.” In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson officially set aside the second Sunday in May for the holiday.

*History .com.


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