Monday, June 04, 2018

Memorial Day

It seems that we go in spurts of normal life where I don't have many pictures to post and then we have one weekend that I take a bunch of pictures of one event. Memorial Day weekend was one such weekend. It was so special to be able to spend it with our Grandma.

It was the dream of our great-grandma to have a whole display of flags at the cemeteries in Castalia, but she wasn't able to accomplish it.  After her death Grandpa designed the layout and used the memorial money people gave at Great-Grandma's funeral to help set it up.  So these flags honor the veterans buried in the cemeteries, and remind us of our Grandpa and Great Grandma!

Every morning from Saturday to Monday we head out before 7 to meet the local crew and help put the flags all up!  In the evening we all met again to take them all down.  The weather was beautiful this year, no rain to hamper flying the flags, and just enough wind to wave their stars and stripes boldly throughout the weekend.

Memorial Day started in response to the great loss of life during the Civil War.   Many communities began to honor both southern and northern soldiers buried in their cemeteries by decorating the graves with flowers, and with veterans marching in parades.  It was first known as Decoration Day, but officially changed to Memorial Day in 1967.

We enjoy the work and fellowship while putting up the flags,  but there is also a reverence, too.  Each veteran's grave stone has beside it a bronze medallion naming the war in which he fought.  

This year all of  us living at home yet were able to spend the weekend together with Grandma.

It was different experiencing Memorial Day without Grandpa. But it was special to be able to help carry on this tradition! Freedom really is not free and taking time to remember the sacrifices of so many is a real honor.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." - John F. Kennedy

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."
John 15:13

1 comment:

Shonda Johnston said...

It is wonderful that you all do that! So many people do not take the time to remember the sacrifice of our service men. It gladdens me that you do.