Monday, May 28, 2012
And, there were those who took this day seriously. At 11am, our town had two services across town from each other. Our family attended the service at the VFW where a short quiet demonstration of honor was attended by a handful of participants. There was great symbolism in the program, starting with a prayer. The commander led us through the various symbols that were placed on the memorial marker in front of the building. A red, white & blue wreath was placed to honor all the fallen. A white rose was placed for purity and honor of those who gave their lives in service. A red rose for the blood that was shed for our freedom. A blue rose for the eternal rest we desire for them. And finally a small American flag to thank them for their sacrifice for country. This was followed by a moment of silence and the playing of Taps.
The second ceremony was at the local cemetery where we had placed flags on Saturday. I heard it was a very nice presentation recognizing the importance of remembering those who have gone before us in military action. Our very own 4Her, Caleb, was awarded for his essay recognizing the importance of Veterans in his life. Myra told me he did not have fancy quotes or historical events recalled in his essay. Instead, he wrote about his own experience working with Veterans in our community. I am sure he wrote from his heart and that is why his essay was chosen for a first place prize. Great job, Caleb!
Someone asked me today if we should only honor those who actually died in battle. My answer to that is no...I honor those who have died whether in battle or after....whether they live only a moment after a battle or years to come...because it is out of respect for the dead that we honor them. We show them dignity for their service by remembering them. There are other days to honor the living...but give those who have died and their families this day...it is the least we can do for them.
And so we did that today. We honored those who we lost with the reciting of the poem I have written so many posts about in the last few weeks. We have done this for the Veterans who live because they need to know we still care and want to help them. Today we did this for those who have died because we want to show that we will not forget the importance to honor our country and flag that they died to protect.