Memorial Day is the most solemn American holiday.
Originally called Decoration Day, it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to the United States of America, and this year is the 150th Anniversary.
It is an honor to serve on the committe that plans Radford’s Annual Memorial Day Service. A couple of the veterans on the committee arrive at the park the night before Memorial Day each year to set up the Field of Crosses, and to hang the flags that represent each branch of the Armed Forces.
I stopped by this evening, to deliver some home baked cookies, and spend a little time with these devoted vets.
Armed with only my cell phone, I tried to capture the scene. It was slightly cool, with a gentle breeze, a truly beautiful evening, and I couldn’t help but think of the soldiers, sailors, airmen/women, and marines who are in harms way every day.
One of the vets on the committee made this memorial, and it remains in his front yard year round.
As we celebrate the holiday weekend, let’s all take just a few moments to remember the reason for this day.
As noted in my previous post, the month of May is a time of significant civic obligation. I’ll be back to visiting all of you soon!