Having read a couple of posts about Memorial Day (which is this weekend), I began to think about this holiday and how it affects me.
Several weeks ago I was blessed reading a post about the Australian/New Zealand Memorial Day celebration. I cried through the post and was thankful for those brave men who served their country so honorably. Thank you http://raisingthecurtain.net
I am married to a veteran of the military. We served together for almost 21 years. Actually, he was the one to deploy and do the difficult things, while my difficulty was in just keeping the home fires burning. This is not what was brought to mind to me today as I thought about Memorial Day.
As a child our hometown would have Memorial Day services at a local cemetery. There would be members of the VFW(Veterans of Foreign War) and veterans who were not members of this group. There would be a ceremony with our flag and a small gun salute to honor those who had fallen in war. Each year my Dad would walk with my sisters and me to this cemetery. He would not say much, but was somber while walking. We would climb the hill by the ceremony site. He would instruct us to find a place to sit and be still. We did not have to be told to be quiet, that was a given. Each year we would find a large tombstone and gently sit upon it, otherwise we could not see what was going on in front of us.
Dear Mr. White gave us a foundation (literally) to start our knowledge of Memorial Day. He allowed us to see what was going on. We were able to see those old people reverently carry out the service. I don’t remember if he was a veteran or even if his name was White, but I know there was a certain tombstone of a gentleman who lent us his marker to view a part of history.
I am thankful for those who have served. I am grateful to my Dad and my uncles, all who served during the last Great War. Their numbers are dwindling, with them, their stories. Soon all that will be left are dusty records in libraries. This weekend, I think of them all and am grateful for their service and sacrifice.