Friday, May 22, 2009

Memorial Day

Here it is, the Friday before a long weekend. Not just any long weekend, this weekend we celebrate Memorial Day. It brings meaning to so many, people who have lost loved ones though the years and to families who have lost sons, daughters, fathers, and other relatives through death while serving in the military.
I remember as child, going to my Grandparent's house in a lovely small hamlet in Iowa on Memorial Day weekend and we would have the required (and much anticipated) home fried chicken, corn on the cob and watermelon, then go take a long drive through the cemetery to see all of the colorfully and patriotically decorated headstones. Once in awhile we were allowed to get out of the car and meander though the maze, reading about people's lives, "Beloved Mother 1897-1956" etc.
Now there is more meaning in a cemetery for me. As I think of the many "Veteran's Cemeteries" throughout the country, there is one near and dear to my heart. It is in St. Paul, MN where my Dad is buried, Fort Snelling Cemetery. I will think somberly this weekend about the wonderful Boy Scouts who will place an American flag on my Dad's headstone, being thankful that their community service will make a difference to me, 2000 miles away.
There is a growing movement in this country to wear red every Friday to honor our military...and peace. I think this is a good Friday to start.

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