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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.
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  • CHERIRIDDELL
    I salute your Father and Uncles.My Father served in World War Two as well.We also called it decoration day. I was in my accident when I was in the military and a young medic used to bring me flowers most weeks .I was in hospital a long time.I knew he couldn't have much money and I said "It is really kind of you,but you don't have to bring me flowers all the time and he said"consider it earned I won't put silk flowers on your grave on Memorial day but bring you flowers now so you know that I appreciate that people get badly hurt in the commision of duty"
    51 days ago
  • TXGRANDMA
    That is amazing, 5 sons serving at once! Have a great summer!
    53 days ago
  • JINLYNN
    Thank you for all those who serve, we owe them more than words can say.
    54 days ago
  • LINOVER
    We also called it Decoration Day. My mother always put fresh flowers on the graves and my sister has continued the tradition since she still lives nearby. I send her a check every year to help pay for the flowers.
    Both of my parents were in WWII. My mom was in the Navy and stationed stateside but my dad was in the Army and was held prisoner by the Germans for over a year.

    Hope you are enjoying warm weather, Jeannie! We are back north now for the summer.
    54 days ago
  • VIBRANT4LIFE
    So important to remember those who served so we can have our freedoms. emoticon
    54 days ago
  • EMMACORY
    We must be grateful for our freedom. We prayed for our military today at church. May we learn the lesson that we are all sons and daughter of God...God wants us to live in peace! emoticon emoticon
    54 days ago
  • DIANEDOESSMILES
    TY Jeannie!! Indeed freedom has coated many lives,,,,,and pain. Those who fight do so for a cause they they believe in.

    Your poor Grandparents!!! WOW!!! Glad all 5 boys came home!!!

    Hugs friend!!
    54 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    I also knew it as Decoration Day, have to look it up and see when it changed and why.
    54 days ago
  • JAMER123
    emoticon It was Decoration Day for us too. We still go to the graves when we are in Iowa and place flowers on dad and my brother's graves. My brother served during the Viet Nam conflict and came home a different person too. Dad wasn't allowed to leave the farm as he had to help grandpa with farming and the horses.
    54 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    We called it Decoration Day, too. Mom would spend a great part of the day decorating the family graves. My dad served during WWII in the Pacific theater. After the day before spent at the park and watching the parade, when this day ended, we were all worn out.
    54 days ago
  • HEALTHYBARB1
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    54 days ago
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