Jerry - 5/27/2019 at 02:47 AM
Today I drove around the state to put flags on my dad, my father-in-law, and several uncles.
Drove to the small church in Wilcox county where my dad and two uncles are buried, and when I pulled into the cemetery I noticed that flags had been placed at EVERY grave of a veteran. The cemetery has veterans from every conflict from the Spanish-American War to present. Many of the families still have a presence in the area, but I had never seen this many flags out before. Usually there are only the ones I put there, so I was surprised, and grateful to see all those flags flying in the breeze. My wife asked me if I had something in my eyes. I couldn't talk for a minute, but when I could I said yeah, I do.
Go to a cemetery Monday and place a flag on a veterans' grave, even if you don't know them. You might get a little good karma for later on, and a good feeling today.
[Edited on 5/27/2019 by Jerry]
BrerRabbit - 5/27/2019 at 04:27 AM
Fretsman - 5/27/2019 at 06:52 PM
I attended our town's Memorial Day Parade yesterday and took some pic's. I love this one with a wave from a Bravest to the jumping excited kid.
Enjoy the day, but remember to pay homage to the fallen who've made our American way of life possible, God Bless.
Jerry - 5/27/2019 at 09:48 PM
That's called celebrating the day. Great photo.
Last time I was in DC I took my wife to Arlington. Close to the end of the day, was quiet, group of kids with the parents.
Parents got onto the kids because they were a little playful, and i could understand some since all the signs about being quiet and respectful. But I couldn't help myself. Told the lady, in my nice indoor voice: "mam, there's a man over there sitting on his tombstone, smiling, saying listen to that child laughing. The man next to to him saying it sounds like music from angels. Another crying because it reminds him of his kids at home.
I don't think anyone buried here would not love to hear the laughter of a small child again."
The kids got to keep playing, quietly, and kept looking at the tombstones to see who I was talking about.
Who knows, maybe they could see them.
BrerRabbit - 5/27/2019 at 10:04 PM
Dammit Jerry you just made this mean old fool cry. Thats the most touching post I have ever read on the web, let alone on HTW. Thanks.
Jerry - 5/27/2019 at 10:18 PM
That day I thought of my dad and his wishes to be buried at the old family church where he could hear the train that he rode to school coming down the tracks and blowing the whistle at the crossing. Close to farms being plowed, planted, and harvested. Where he could hear the singing and preaching while close to two of his brothers and mother. Close to the fields, creeks, and hedgerows where he, my brother, and I had spent many cold mornings from November to February hunting quail.
He was at home, where he wanted, and deserved to be.
He loved to hear small kids laugh. That's what made me think to bring it up to the mom.