i was thinking specifically of my parents and grandparents as i made this this memorial day but then expanded my thinking as i reminisced about when i was a very young grade- schooler growing up in sw pennsylvania decades ago. we got “memorial day” off school then not jsut as a holiday but as a true day of memorial. i lived on an extrememly rural large farm and there was a small graveyard on the property that had those gone on from just ours and the surrounding 5 or 6 farms. memorial day we would go down and give it a good srping cleaning. we cut the grass and pull the weeds, clear bruch where it always encroached on the edges, clean the memorial stones and place flowers or flags – several had been in military and public service – in memorium. most importantly we’d hear the storiees of who they were and remember them. happy memorial day to all who celebrate it. today remember all those who’ve gone on and not just our well deserving veterans. i think it’s a good idea to have a “memorial day” every month and remember those who’ve gone before making it possible for us to be here as we are and also to ponder who we are and how we may make things for those who come after that they might be proud to give us a memorial day when we’ve passed on also. peace and joy
this one is dedicated with sincere appreciation to all those who’ve passed on before – military, public service and just good citizens – who strove to make things better in this world. may i live up to your examples.
i usually type out a fav kipling poem each memorial day but haven’t the energy today alas so putting a link instead. YAY for the www!