May 28th Holiday
Memorial Day to a lot of Americans is sort of the official start of summer. Everyone has that Monday off and most people celebrate by having a BBQ, going out on a lake or just basking in the sun. Memorial Day is about remembering. Remembering all of the brave souls that have died for our country. I found a poem that I thought would be nice to share on today’s holiday:
Have you ever looked, really looked, at a soldier’s face? Sometimes it’s young, barely
an adult the hopes of youth still painted in its features. Sometimes it’s old older
than faith, older than wisdom, older than time. And sometimes…sometimes it’s a bit
of both all at once.
Sometimes it’s gritty and pained, remembering the face of another who has fallen.
Sometimes it’s laughing, pleased to have a moment of peace. Most of the time it’s
proud because it knows, oh yes it knows, the world is a different place a
better place because of it.
Next time you look at a soldier’s face, see if you can find that glint of pride.
Sometimes it’s hidden, and you have to search it out. You’ll find it in the eyes always
in the eyes. For the eyes are indeed the windows to the soul, even a soldier’s
And when you’ve carefully examined every feature of that soldier’s face, stand up
straight and tall and smile your best smile. Thank that soldier, because it does what
some cannot or will not. It defends what it believes to be right with
it’s very life.
But more important, it defends a perfect stranger you.
And when you see a flag covered casket, stand in memorium of all the soldier’s faces
you’ve examined. For when one of them falls, they all fall. And when one of them
stands, they all stand.
Shouldn’t we stand with them?
June 2, 2006
We attempted to celebrate Memorial Day by going to Downtown Farmington for the annual parade. Well, we missed the boat. We thought it started at 11am and it actually started at 10am. We got there just in time to see the last marching band:
Roman loves him some drumline. Needless to say, he was less than thrilled when we had to turn right back around and put him back in the car. Not fun. Especially since it was about 92 degrees out. Later that day we attended a BBQ hosted by our pals, the Nagles. I took a few pics of the kiddies, Roman and Nataleigh, having fun in the sun:
In hindsight, I probably should have taken pictures of all the adults there that were celebrating too. The kiddos are just so much more exciting though.
To all the soldiers that have died for our freedom, we remember you today. Thank you.
Total Cost to Celebrate: $0
Clip of the Day:
The True Meaning of Memorial Day:
P.S. – Very proud to be an American on Memorial Day.