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Historic Headline: A Memorial Day in 1918

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At the end of 1918, the University of Utah Daily Chronicle ran a memorial day message:

The fighting is over; the list of casualties is almost complete; the epidemic of influenza has all but run its course; and now at the end the service flag of the University of Utah emerges illumined, glorified by many a gold star, each signifying that one of the Utah’s sons offered all that he had to offer to his country and gave all that he had to give.

We who stayed at home feel deeply indebted to those gold stars on our flag. Most of the men died far from home, and we were thus denied even the meager satisfaction of expressing by our presence at the burial services our respect for them and their sacrifice.

Let there be a day set apart, when school reconvenes, as a memorial to the young men who gave their lives. Let there be fitting services conducted to which the families and friends of the men be invited, that we may honor the memory of those of our number who made the supreme sacrifice.

Source: Utah Daily Chronicle 1918-12-02

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