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Happy Decoration Day- Memorial Day

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My mom’s parents were from the mountains of Kentucky.  Even though, I grew up with Memorial Day, my grandmother always called it Decoration Day.  It was a huge deal to her.  She not only honored the fallen servicemen but she honored all of the dead in her family by decorating their graves.  She would usually make a pilgrimage back to her hometown and she had wreaths, flowers and flags and would stay a day or two to visit with family.  Even when she didn’t feel well, she still carried on this tradition as if it were her responsibility.

I bring this up because sometimes, in the rat race of everyday life, we see Memorial Day as a day for car races, picnics and swimming.  I used to play in Kokomo, Indiana every Memorial Day weekend and we would party the weekend away.  But, as I grow older, I think it’s important to take a moment to think back, not just to all who gave their lives and served our country but to our families who came before us.  To our moms, dads, grandparents, and even farther back, I thank you for your contributions.  I am thankful to be here and as I prepare to go and decorate some graves of my family, I thought I would remind us all about Decoration Day.

  1. philbreeze
    May 29th, 2012 at 23:25 | #1

    My Dad also called it Decoration Day. As a youngster I remember traveling to different cemeteries in the area and placing Peony flowers on the graves of relatives. Dad was a WWII veteran and this was a very important day for him and my Mother.
    In high school Usedtoy and I observed Memorial Day services at either Mound or North Cemetery in Monroe while we were were in the marching band. The band was responsible for playing the Star Spangled Banner and Taps after the roll call of the veterans was read. In those days my Father was in charge of the sound system for the roll call each year.

    In 1994 my father passed away on Memorial Day Weekend. A few days later I found myself back in the Mound Cemetery and heard his name called with other Veterans.

    I haven’t been as diligent in the years that followed. There was always something going on that kept me form paying my respects on Decoration Day. I may have even been in Kokomo Ind a few times.

    Age, a less aggressive social schedule and some timely words by Usedtoy made me stop and think about all this.

    Monday, Decoration Day, my wife and I took took Peony flowers to the Mound Cemetery.

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