May 28, 2018: What to Know 

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  • In April 1866, a group of women visited cemeteries in Hardin, Tennessee, to acknowledge the thousands of Confederate soldiers who had fallen in the Battle of Shiloh during the Civil War. The women brought flowers and tended to the neglected graves. In May 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans established Decoration Day, an official day set aside to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers. The alternative name of Memorial Day was first used in 1882 but did not become common practice until after World War II, and it wasn't until 1968 that the last Monday in May was formally set aside to remember those who died serving their nation.

    Members of the Captain Art Jackson Young Marines spent much of the day on May 26, honoring each grave at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery with an American flag. A formal ceremony involving all branches of the armed services was scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the cemetery off of Old Horseshoe Bend Road in Boise. At Boise's Morris Hill Cemetery, the Idaho Civil War Volunteers were scheduled to conduct their annual Civil War flag-raising ceremony, gun salute and eulogy, beginning at noon. The same ceremony was scheduled to be repeated at 1:30 p.m. at the Fort Boise Military Reserve Cemetery.
  • The Boise Police and Fire departments remind those celebrating the holiday near the Boise River that the river's current is extremely dangerous. The flow of the river near Boise's Glenwood Bridge this morning was running approximately 6,300 cubic feet per second.
  • An upper level low pressure system triggered on-again, off-again showers through much of the weekend, and the National Weather Service says the Treasure Valley can expect a bit more sun and some cooler temperatures later this week. Daily highs in Boise should be in the 70s through much of the upcoming week along with a good chance of showers. But, we're expecting some pretty spectacular weather next weekend when Boise Weekly throws its not-to-be-missed Big Le Boise street party on Saturday, June 2.
  • Hormel is recalling more than 220,000 pounds of Spam and other canned pork and chicken products. USA Today reports that the recall comes in the wake of complaints from four people who said they found metal objects in the canned products. The following products are being recalled: 12-oz. metal cans containing “SPAM Classic” with a “Best By” February 2021 date and production codes of F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889. Also recalled were 12-oz. metal cans containing “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” with a “Best By” February 2021 date and production codes of F02098 and F02108.
  • Coca-Cola launched the first alcoholic beverage in the company's history early today. But The Wall Street Journal reports that the lemon-flavored fizzy drink, available in 3 percent, 5 percent and 7 percent alcohol, is limited to customers on the Japanese island of Kyushu.
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