As a child, my Memorial Day holidays were spent proudly wearing our paper poppies (purchased from our legion post). We started the day by running across the road and through the alfalfa field to watch the veterans, in their uniforms, do a 21 gun salute in the Caltholic cemetary
We did not really understand the meaning of it all; but were very excited to gather the spent shells and smell that wonderful sulfur smell that came from those pieces of brass.
We then went with our parents to the cemetery that was across town. We listened to the message given by the speaker, watched the legionnaires shoot the guns, gathered some more shells and looked at all the little flags that decorated the graves of servicemen.
It was impressed on us that great sacrifices had been made so that we could enjoy the rights we had. If I close my eyes, I can still hear the snap of the flags as they waved in the breeze, the sound of the guns as they were shot, the slap of hands on the stock of the guns as they were done shooting and placed in position on the veterans shoulders and the playing of the bugle as they retired from the field.
To this day, a flag waving in the breeze against a blue sky stirs something deep inside.
My husband and I have three nephews in various branches of the military. We are so proud of these young men. They have given up years of their lives and time with their families to train and protect our country. Their families have had to celebrate many events without them…. Christmas, Thanksgiving, weddings, and birthdays to name a few.
On this holiday, this Memorial Day I want to give my heartfelt thanks to all those servicemen and their families. I want everyone to know how incredibly proud I am of our nephews – Sam (US Army Airborne), Kevin (US Army) and Justin (Navy) and their families.
Make sure to let our servicemen and families know how grateful you are and let us never forget those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.
The story of America’s quest for freedom
is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots.