JM got out of school for the summer on Friday late morning. After saying goodbye to his fantastic 3rd grade teacher, we made a trip to the local greenhouse and bought flowers for Memorial Day. JM wanted to pick out the flower that we would take to the cemetery for his grandma. He did a nice job of picking out a beautiful red geranium in a hanging basket. It was raining when we returned home so we waited until yesterday to take it to the cemetery. As we placed the basket on the shepherd's hook next to my mother's grave, I couldn't help but notice how beautiful the cemetery looked with all of the beautiful flowers and the U.S. Flags that lined the driveways.
JM is getting old enough now to appreciate what the "avenue of flags" actually means for us. I explained to him that each flag that is flown at the the cemetery on Memorial Day is in honor of a U.S. Veteran that has passed away. He was full of questions from that point on. We discussed that they would some day fly flags for each of his grandpas since they both served in the military.
We also had a Memorial Day Tribute in church today. They played a PowerPoint presentation showing pictures and information on each member of our that was a Veteran and is no longer with us. JM had a lot of questions about the wars that these people served in. We have one member who was lost in Afghanistan, and JM remembers the impact that had our our little town.
As you enjoy your holiday weekend, please take the time to remember our loved ones who are no longer with us as well as our Veteran's who have served our country, and the men and women who are currently serving to provide us with the freedoms that we enjoy. Have a safe holiday weekend!