Memorial Day: Sad Thoughts
Being a person who watches the news it is very sad that alL our national cemeteries Were void of American Flags this Memorial Day. The Boy Scouts traditionally will put small flags at each grave.
To see nothing but head stone markers in dried out grass tugged at my heart strings.
I did not catch which cemetery was on the news but that should not make a difference, as each marker represented a person giving their life for freedom.
My own husband was a proud Marine.
SEMPER FI (marine talk)
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@funcountess, I changed your discussion title to better describe your post. At first I was a little sad that it was not a memorial day as we have seen in the past but then I started reading about some of the unique ways that my fellow countrymen have stepped up to the plate to honor and remember those who gave their life for our freedom and way of life. As a veteran myself it does hold a special place in my heart to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I tend to not watch the news so much because it can be depressing.
Here's one unique way that a town remembered and celebrated Memorial Day but there were many more across the country:
Boalsburg's Memorial Day traditions adapt to coronavirus — https://www.centredaily.com/news/local/article242940901.html
Many of our neighbors place a flag on their mailboxes.
I have a Marine cousin who did not serve in Nam.
( My West Point boyfriend did.) He thankfully came home.
@funcountess One cemetery in Broomfield, CO, stood by tradition! My husband, retired army, and other members of the Veterans Memorial Museum, put on their masks, identified service members burial plots, and put the flags out! Very important! We really miss all the pomp and circumstance and traditions of the military life. Hope you had a good Memorial Day! Becky
We placed flags at our local [little] cemetery. Last weekend was socially distanced cemetery cleaning. Also, the neighbor and I decorated our areas of the street with inexpensive red-white-blue decorations.
Our cemeteries were decorated, we just lacked the traditional service and our family's traditional brunch at the local restaurant afterwards. On the plus side, my sister and I enjoyed a long chat leaning against our bumpers at the cemetery yesterday after we decorated all the family plots.
Sue, glad there were some traditions around this holiday. I drove around the area and only saw one flag in a window.
A lot of people walking around with no social distancing.
I need to keep the battery charged in the car, so thought a drive thru the neighborhood I would see a few.
Hello John, thanks for the post.
True, the news is a little depressing, but I grew up where a newspaper was delivered daily, so feel lost if I don’t watch or read the current news.
also a senior center has current event discussions, I did go a few times, but saw the seniors usually ended up fighting who was right on a particular issue.
I guess I’m a news junkie. Have 2 friends also like that.
@johnbishop Nice article. When I lived in Pa I was at Boalsburg and saw that statue of the 3 women as well we where at Gettysburg the battlefield and other relics . The war medical weapons where just that weapons . The saw for amputation is just like a saw . Horrible no wonder so many also died of gangrene and infections but then they had to work with what they had . When in high school I was in the band and played the coronet . My step Dad was the VFW commander and when there was a veteran that died I was voluntared to play taps at the cemetary . The L.A. memorial day service reminded me of that , hadn't thought of that in a long time
We had a large flag out and small ones near street. The town did not have the regular ceremony though.
I have a great story to share. When my best friend and I met 30+ years ago, we started talking and realized our high schools, hers being Bellefonte Area High School and mine being Lewistown Area High School, played football against each other. The Centre Daily Times article happens to show a picture of Bellefonte Area High School. I think that is pretty cool. 🙂