Last week we had a 40%-off sale. We heard, rather loudly, from customers and those wanting to be customers, that they missed the opportunity because of pre-Labor Day vacations. They've asked us to extend the sale.... We will. And now up to 50% off sale. Until this Saturday at 8:00 pm. Looking forward to your visit!
Make time today to revisit the history of Labor Day.... especially with children:
Since we are closed on September 4th.... How about 40% off your entire in-stock purchase from today to 8:00 pm on Saturday. Previous discounts excluded; no layaways or holds.
Thank you for making last weekend's sale a success... So, we decided to repeat it... Today and tomorrow, enjoy 28% off your entire purchase. Yellow Tag and Previously-Discounted items excluded. No Layaway. No Holds. All Sales Final.
Our Office Manager has retired after twenty-eight (28) years! So, an excuse for a sale.... This Friday and Saturday only, enjoy 28% off your entire purchase. Yellow Tag and Previously-Discounted items excluded. No Layaway. No Holds. All Sales Final.
Today we remember the passing of our founder, John Kavulich.
We are transitioning from our traditional paper gift certificates that are valid for one (1) year to gift cards which have a much longer validity. If you have a gift certificate that is still valid- meaning not issued before 17 July 2016, please bring it in and use it to purchase product or exchange it for cash.
While They Last! Built-Ups from our train layouts! Some in original packaging... G gauge, O gauge, HO gauge, N gauge structures! LGB, Aristo-Craft, Piko, Bachmann, Lionel, MTH, Walthers, Model Power, Life-Like, etc......
The renovation has commenced. We will update as the completion nears. Thank you for your patience.
On this day, we should remember... how we got here. Before watching non-stop television, before commencing the grilling-feast, before viewing the fireworks, take fifteen minutes and listen to and then read the Declaration of Independence.... with your family.... especially with your children.
The area within which the our slot car track operates remains under construction. Sorry. We will post when again ready for racing....
We are redesigning our in-store model train layout- so we are selling most of the structures- G, O, HO, and N scales.... Also, some scenery.....
We are working on our ceiling, so the slot car track and access to the model railroad display will not be available this week.
Save 50% On All In-Stock Doll House Kits. No Layaways, No Previous Discounts. All Sales Final. A great project for the summer.....
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.
On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.
The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).
It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363). This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.
In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael. When she returned to France she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help.
Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.
National Moment of Remembrance
The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”