Memorial Day -Remembering Those Who Gave Their Lives
Often we think only of Memorial day as a three day weekend and a time for cookouts and parties. But we have many people to thank for the freedom to have those cookouts and parties. Many, many people gave their lives in order for us to have our freedom.
We were driving to meet some family for dinner tonight. As we drove through Westerville, Ohio we saw this awesome flag display.
I didn’t have my good camera with me, and I had to have some pics. I took these pictures with my phone.
Dave stopped by one of the tables that were set up and asked about them.
There were 2,500 flags set up. You could purchase one of the flags for $30 and dedicate the flag to someone that has passed and was very special in your life. It doesn’t have to be a veteran (although I think most of them were), they also suggested a policeman or fireman. They would print out a card with that person’s name and your message on a blue card and attach it to the flag pole. Then tomorrow evening you can come back and pick up your flag.
If we had been able to get back to that area of town tomorrow, I’m sure we would have gotten one for my husband’s father.
They also had a 911 tribute. The luminaries were attached to a generator and I bet it looked really awesome at night.
When I saw the sign and realized what this was about, I had to fight back tears. I don’t know anyone personally that was killed, but anytime I think about it and the terror that those involved went through…. the pain, the fear, the death for so many… it is almost overwhelming to me.
With my boys (Joe on the left, Drew on the right) in the Army now, Memorial Day means even more. Knowing they are serving our country… I couldn’t be prouder. Their cousin Matt is in the center. He is a veteran also. He was in Iraq serving as a medic. He saw and has dealt with so much. He still wears a black metal bracelet that has Matthew Holley’s name and date of death on his arm … for the last six years. My nephew Matt posted about it on Facebook and Matthew Holley’s father responded his gratitude back on Facebook. I then looked at John Holley’s FB page (I’m not friends with him, so could only see a couple pictures) but realized that they have a book coming out soon about their son and his story. If I can find out more information about the book, I’ll let you know.
Please think of someone who served or is serving and thank them (if possible) tomorrow. See a vet, shake their hand and say thank you. My son will be traveling home tomorrow. I was so impressed and proud of so many people who would see him in his uniform when were at the airport and thank him. My boys have had their meals paid for when they were out. People do appreciate those serving. It is a very cool thing.
This post was originally posted Memorial Day 2011