Memorial Day

it is getting late on Memorial Day in the U.S. I have had a post in mind for a couple of days but must confess I did not get it done. 

There have been many posts about remembering the military people who have died in service. I agree that they have paid a great price and am very grateful for the freedom we have here.

What I have only seen once in all the posts about Memorial Day is any remembrance of non-military people who have died. 

The real reason I did not get this post done before is that I wanted to get out and scan old family pictures of visiting graves and “decorating” them on Memorial Day…sometimes called Decoration Day. From childhood I remember this as an annual trip to cemeteries in Kansas City, MO and Herington, Kansas. This was important to my grand-mother and we did not miss it. I am not sure how I felt then. I knew there were babies and moms and old folks missing from the family. I knew this made my parents and grand-parents sad. 

Today, as an adult, I miss many who have passed…way too many. I can’t even imagine the loss of a child, as my parents and grand-parents endured. As many things do, it seems the way people are memorialized has changed. Some folks have opted to leave behind no place to visit. For me, it has proven true that I don’t need a place to go and set wreaths or flowers, though that would be good. And I enjoy the peacefulness of cemeteries. I can remember and talk to those that have passed before me from anywhere…and I do. I have asked my children how they feel about it…what they might want when I am gone, but they have not wanted to discuss it.

So, this rambling…what am I getting at? Mostly that I think Memorial Day is for remembering all who,have died. Whether in service, military or otherwise, in love or in friendship, may we all have reasons to remember with respect, gratitude, honor, pride and joy those who are gone now. And may we think of them much more often than on a certain date the calendar says we should!

Thank you to,those who have served this country and given their lives. Thank you to those who have loved, laughed, played, sang, danced, cried, listened and otherwise shared life with me. Each and every one of you is missed and remembered on this Memorial Day!