Memorial Day In Small Town America.
I’m a couple of days late, we celebrated Memorial Day here in the United States on the last Monday in May. As a child this was always one of my favorite weekends, signaling the end of the school year, the beginning of the summer, cookouts, parades and my birthday, which I celebrate on June 1.
We were thought in school the reason we celebrate but it really didn’t sink in when you are young and carefree. It was only when I got older that I started to reflect on the purpose for the holiday.
And it became even more clear to me when, at the young age of 30 years I was elected mayor of my small town and participated in our annual Memorial Day Parade. (I had been a participant as a child marching as part of the Little league, the Cub Scouts or our local parochial school.)
It is a wonderful parade ending with a ceremony honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, by giving their lives defending our freedom and independance. This is a link to the very emotional concluding ceremony. It is definitely worth a few minutes of you time to watch. https://youtu.be/V11EADNjrQc
Even before the parade, I watched the local Veterans honor their fallen comrades at the very moving ceremony I videoed above. I first watched this ceremony as a child of about eight years of age when we scampered to get the shells from the volleys of gunfire honoring the dead.
I also took some photographs in the cemetery near my home, where my dad is buried, of the decorations and flags honoring the men and women who served our Country. I am very proud my dad was one of them.
Here is a link to some more photographs I took on Memorial Day https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/memorial-day-may-25-2015
For love of country they accepted death… ~James A. Garfield
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