Memorial Day/Decoration Day (Day 3 of blogging week)
Monday, May 28, 2018
When I was a kid it was known as Decoration Day, presumably because we decorated the graves of family members. Until Mother died at the age of 94, she continued to either do it herself or arranged for one of my local cousins to take flowers to the graves she wanted decorated. Unfortunately, they were usually those "silk" florals that came from the dollar store. Sigh...I feel somewhat guilty for not continuing her tradition, but we have other ways of honoring those who have passed.
My thoughts today are more with my father who was a Sgt in the Army Air Corps. He along with 4 of his 5 brothers all served in WWII and at the same time. Dad was in Europe, and 3 of the other brothers were in the Pacific theater. The youngest served state side just as the war was drawing to a close. I cannot imagine what life must have been like for my grandparents to have 5 sons in the service during the war at the same time. Fortunately they all came home, but several were wounded. I thank God for my father and all those who did what had to be done, and who served honorably and gave the ultimate sacrifice.