Memorial Day was first observed to honor the dead from the Civil War. It was called Decoration Day … a time to decorate the graves of the fallen.
Over the years Memorial Day has grown to include non-military dead. My family decorates the graves of my father and brother, who served in the Army Air Corps and in the U.S. Air Force. Most years we also travel to Iola, Kansas … where my grandparents are buried … along with two uncles and an aunt. Family members then go to the city park for a picnic.
It is a reunion that includes lots of great food and hours of “catching up” with cousins, aunts, and uncles from my father’s side of the family. We usually take a little “batting practice” on the nearby ball field.
I enjoy the time with family and the great reminiscing that we’ve done nearly every year for about three decades. Some are gone … but we have a few terrific grandchildren to keep the tradition going.
Our thought for today is from an unknown author:
“So live that your memories will be part of your happiness.”