Friday, May 25, 2007

How do you Respect them?

We live in a small, small township. There is a blinking red light at the intersection. We have a church, a post office, a grocery and a war memorial.

This tiny slice of America also has a tall stone Monument with names from top to bottom. My Uncle is on that marker from WWII. My Grandfather came back alive from WWI. My cousin came back alive from Korea. Every Memorial Day morning we go to the corner. The Veterans have a ceremony and we few hundred souls remember.

There are new names on the marker this year. If those families only drive by, they deserve to see us respecting their sacrifice.

Don't mean to be depressing because mostly it's not. The junior high band plays, there is a parade of WWI and WWII vehicles as well as the fire truck. Total of perhaps ten vehicles with our living Vets on them and the Boy/Girl Scouts. Real Norman Rockwell stuff. We bring our dogs, which is a lot of fun for
the kids. (That reminds me I have to bath and brush Coco tomorrow)

The one thing we don’t do is have vendors. I'm glad of that. I don't know if it's because the vendors are not interested in a crowd this small or if we're not
interested in them. No one is there to make money.

This day can't be baught or sold, it's a day purchased with blood and honor.

2 comments:

Georgia Woods said...

Gail, glad to see one of my favorite authors make such a comment in this world of mothers of soldiers marching against the President. I don't understand that betrayal of all their loved ones stand for. My DH is retired military, and I have a son and son in law who are both in the Army and will shortly be doing their 2nd tours in Iraq. I don't like it. I don't like my loved ones putting their lives in jeopardy at all. But at least they are men who stand up for what they believe in and who walk the walk, not just talk the talk. Who could love a man who refuses to be a protector, who refuses to stand up and put it on the line for what he believes, who thinks it's someone else's job to earn his freedom? God bless them, and thanks for respecting them.

Georgia

Gail said...

Thank you Georgia and God Bless your family.