Our Memorial Day holiday is usually quiet, we enjoy the holiday, sometimes with family, sometimes without; sometimes as a picnic, sometimes a public BBQ, sometimes at home.
Growing up, everyone I knew went to cemeteries and spruced up the graves of our ancestors. Here, we do not have any family graves, so we "adopted" our neighbors and occasionally spruce up their graves and replace the worn flags with new.
Remembering........maybe.........will be enough.
Ford's Dad's Casket cover:
This coming weekend our cities will be decorated in bunting and the American flag will be flying along downtown streets all across America. There will be memorial ceremonies held at National Cemeteries, and small local cemeteries, where veterans are buried beneath broad, manicured grounds marked with long, regimented rows of white marker stones. Some people will gather in those places of rest around the country to remember their own family members who died in service. Others will come to honor all who have served the nation in times of war and times of peace. The flag will be raised solemnly as the National Anthem is played or sung. The plangent, melancholy notes of “Taps” will waft over the silent grounds. The old veterans in attendance will be recognized by their baseball hats emblazoned with military branch insignias, or with the names of the wars they were in. They will stand at awkward attention and salute at the raising of the flag, or during the playing of “Taps.” Their eyes and cheeks may be moist with tears, because they will be remembering fallen brothers and sisters in ways most can not imagine.