Happy Memorial Day... Is it? I visited a local cemetery in Grants Pass, Oregon, to quietly pay my respect to the men and women who lost their lives defending our freedom. There were hundreds of beautiful flags, as well as military memorabilia displayed there for many to enjoy.
I approached a soldier who was dressed in uniform, who appeared to be standing watch over the site for Memorial Day weekend. When I asked for permission to take a few pics, he asked if I was going to sell the pictures. Absolutely not, I replied (apparently, someone had tried to do this very thing). My question opened up a dialogue between us, and when we were finished, I hugged a new friend ;-)
When it was time to leave, a friend of mine waved to the soldier and said; 'Happy Memorial Day.' When we got in the car, she said... I don't know why I just said that, it's not exactly happy, is it? The statement made us both reflect on how easy it is for certain words to roll off of our tongue without thinking.
Memorial Day is a special day designated to honor every man and woman in uniform who have made unfathomable sacrifices to defend our personal freedom. If you haven't done so already, please visit Patricia Feager's Memorial Day post. Patricia has a lovely way of telling a beautiful story that is very poignant and personal. This one really touched my heart.
Happy Memorial Day... Is it? - Melinda Peterson