Memorial Day In Small Town America.

Memorial Day In Small Town America.

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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. Mountain View  (6 of 25)

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.)  Memorial day (1 of 2)

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.

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. Mountain View  (2 of 25)

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. Mountain View  (14 of 25)

Here is a link to some more photographs I took on Memorial Day View  (16 of 25)



For love of country they accepted death… ~James A. Garfield




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