Memorial Day – A Day to Remember
Memorial Day is that day we set aside to honor those who have served in our military and died. Regardless of our political opinions on war and the military, today let us all honor those who had the courage to serve this country with honor. I thank you.
On this memorial weekend many people honor and pay respects to loved ones who have died. I accompanied my Dad to visit the graves of my Mom, my grand parents, aunts and uncles. We reminisced about fond memories, shared a laugh or two as well as a private reflection. I smiled as my Dad brushed off the dirt from the headstone where my Mom was laid to rest, pulled a couple of weeds and replaced old flowers with new. He spoke a few words out loud to her and I was sure she was listening.
As we drove out of the cemetary I was deeply moved by the hundreds of flags I saw waving in the wind honoring those who died in service of our country, and all the beauty of the new flowers brightly adorning a site where someone was remembered. Visiting a cemetary can be an important ritual to mourning because it helps us embrace our loss and remember those who have died. If the body was cremated and the ashes not buried such as the case with my late husband, you may chose to visit the site where you scattered the ashes. Whatever rituals we choose to honor our loved ones who have died, it’s a time to give pause and thanks for those people who have shared your life.