[May 29, 2022] The days before Memorial Day are full of getting the BBQ grills ready, buying hotdogs and hamburger meat, finding where we put the potato chips, and scurrying about to invite neighbors to a fun day out. We probably considered attending a local Memorial Day parade or ceremony. Many folks traditionally do that, and I’m happy for them.
My friends and I were busying ourselves too. Several of us gave speeches at “pre” Memorial Day events. We also attended several events honoring our fallen men and women of the Armed Forces across the county. One of us drove nearly a hundred miles to attend a funeral of a fallen Veteran. And we also spent a couple of days handing out small American flags and collecting money to pay for a World War II memorial.
I don’t travel very far these days. I’m slowing down, just like those friends of mine with me. They call me a “youngster” because anyone under 80 is young for them. But what I admire is they are real go-getters. They are everywhere, ensuring people in our area are aware of the purpose of Memorial Day.
One of the more interesting events I attended was standing outside a grocery shopping market while handing out American flags. Nearly everyone exiting the store had a story about a relative or a friend who had been in the military service. Some were Veterans themselves. Others just wanted to talk. They told me (and my buddies standing there) about their lives and how much they appreciated what we were doing.
The days before Memorial Day have been a whirlwind for me. Now, I’m readying myself for another speech tomorrow. This one will be attended heavily by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
I look forward to it.
This Memorial Day weekend, enjoy it because America’s bravest and finest paid the ultimate price so you could be free to do so.
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