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Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Thoughts





Every Memorial Day morning many years ago, we would gather at the community center. As a child in a small town it was our duty to arrive early to go over our assignments for the morning. We were handed red poppies and small crosses. After a prayer and program, we would drive to the small country cemetery and visit the graves of the soldiers.  A few had died in battles, more from old age. World War I ,II and one in Vietnam. I remember how solemn it all was and how proper. There were men dressed in military garb and much of the community took part. We placed the poppies and the crosses on the graves and at the end the best trumpet player in our high school played taps. And that was that. There was a bit of chit-chat with the neighbors and then we drifted off toward our perspective family burial plots and visited some distant relatives grave that I had never known. At the age of six or seven, I had not experienced death except for a pet. I still recall the quiet sadness of it all even to this day.




Thank you all for serving our country so honorably. A special thanks to friends and relatives who are members of the armed services.




Thank you Kelly, Aaron, Shawn, James, Joseph, Betsye and Philip.








4 comments:

  1. I wonder how many families still take this day to remember and teach their own children.
    Debbi
    -ourhometoyours

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  2. Good question, makes you wonder. I heard a statistic that only 2 percent of the population even knows anyone in the military.
    Thank you for your comment and for visiting.
    Diane

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  3. Hope your day was meaningful. I enjoyed visiting your blog and thanks for stopping by mine. I've added you to my Reader.

    Mary Lou

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  4. Thanks for remembering JAC,JC,AC,KC and SC. ykh

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