Events Gabriel Seth

May 31, 2010 at 12:16 am

Remembering What Memorial Day Is

How has your Memorial Day weekend been?  Here in New York the weather has been gorgeous.  Sunshine.  Puffy, cotton ball clouds in a gloriously blue sky.  Warm but not hot.  The slightest of wind from time to time.  Perfect.

We have spent the weekend barbecuing with family and friends.  We have had movie night with the kids.  Today we went for a long walk together as a family.  It’s been great fun. 

But tomorrow is different.  We will not sleep in.  Instead we will rise around the same time.  Daddy D will head to the firehouse to wash the fire truck.  Gabriel will suit up in his baseball uniform.  Seth will don his cub scout uniform.  I will get the little boyz and myself dressed in our red, white & blue and head downtown.

Tomorrow morning is the Memorial Day parade in our town.  A ritual that will happen in many a small town and big city alike.  Unfortunately many of them will be sparsely attended.  I know that ours usually is. 

Somehow in the hustle and bustle of our crazy lives we breathe a sigh of relief for a day off.  We take that day, no questions asked, and BBQ, go boating, camping, etc. But what many of us have forgotten to remember is the reason for the day.  It is Memorial Day.  A day to remember those men and women who died while in military service. 

It is of great importance in our family to honor those who gave their all so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have.  We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.  My sons who participate in the parade each year do so not for the fun of marching down main street.  There are other days and parades for that.  They participate to pay homage.  It makes me proud.

As parents Daddy D and I have tried to instill a sense of pride of our country in our children.  No matter what our political views are, or our feelings on what direction the country is or isn’t heading.  Because the fact is we are Americans.  We enjoy immense personal freedoms and liberties when there are still many, many places across this globe that do not.  The lives that were given to give us those liberties should be honored.  Regularly, on the days set aside for such remembrances.

Yesterday Seth went to the town cemetery.  With his cub scout troop he placed flags upon the graves of our local veterans.  Hundreds of them from our small town.  I thought of all of the parents, spouses, children left without that significant person in their life.  So very many people.  Now if only the number of people in attendance tomorrow at the Memorial Day ceremonies outnumbered those graves. 

What are you doing tomorrow?  Will you be remembering?

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