Monday, May 25, 2009

A Day For Remembering

Sunday evening, hubby and I went to visit the cemetery in his hometown, where many of his relatives have been laid to rest. He grew up in "small town USA" and his paternal family ties go back to the late 1800's. This is where his great grandparents, grandparents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins are 'resting'.
We remember his uncle Stanley this Memorial Day who, at 18 years old, while serving our country in WWII, gave his life on Iwo Jima.
After visiting the cemetery, we went to a memorial site where Stanley is honored.
In 1955, the VFW created this memorial to honor the local high school students who gave their lives in WWII and the Korean War. It is located at the old high school (now middle school) sports field. On this Memorial Day, let us remember all those who have given their lives while serving our country. It is because of them, we are able to enjoy the freedom we do!


LiLi M. said...

Well spoken!

We have our Memorial Days on May 4th and 5th. One day, May 4th, is to commemorate those who lost their lifes in war. These are soldiers, not only the Dutch but especially the US, Canadian and English soldiers who gave their lifes to liberate the Netherlands in 1945, but also civilians like the more than 100.000 dutch Jews that didn't return from the concentration camps. This is a solemn and silent day. May 5ht is to celebrate freedom and to honour the soldiers that are still alive, but of course due to the cause of time, there aren't that many left, but we still celebrate freedom of course. You cannot be too aware that your freedom is something to be appreciated.

Sandra said...

Precious photos. Happy Memorial Day. :)

Outstanding Stranger said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and photos of Memorial Day.
I just got back from our cemetary in a small town, and my husbands ancestors also date back to the late 1800's and early 1900's.