Memorial Day is a time set aside to remember those who have served our country for our protection and integrity. While we traditionally celebrate this day with Good Old-America Barbeque (love it!), it’s also important to set aside some time to really reflect on those whose sacrifice means they will not be able to celebrate with us any longer.
A co-worker of mine always takes the Memorial Day morning to drive to the cemetery and pay her respects to comrades of her father’s that have passed after serving.
My town, along with maybe five other adjoining towns, take the time to painstakingly hand-write every individual who has lost their life in the service from the previous year. They post these posters every 10′ on either side of a major route, attaching the departed’s home-flag to their temporary plaque along with their name, ranking, and age. That always gets me.
I am fortunate enough to have my Grandfather around still. He just turned 85, and served during the Korean War. He spent a great deal of time away from his new wife, and has some interesting stories that he loves to share with us. It’s wonderful, really, even though I have heard some of these stories more than a dozen times. It doesn’t matter to me!
So enjoy today! I’ll be reflecting on my drive down that road, thankful to be part of this country.
Happy Memorial Day!!