Officially, Memorial Day is a day to remember those who died while serving in the United States Armed Services. Observed in the United States on the last Monday in May, we visit cemeteries to remember and honor those who have died.
My dad served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He died in 1992 and is buried in Santa Fe (New Mexico) National Cemetery. This is the view up the hill from his grave site, taken Memorial Day weekend 2009. Flags are placed on all of the graves for the holiday weekend.
My best friend’s dad is also buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery. Wanda’s dad served in 3 wars: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and retired from the U. S. Air Force in 1972. He died last year. I know Wanda and her mom are missing him this weekend. Now we have two graves to put flowers on when I visit.
This is another section of Santa Fe National Cemetery. This section has flat headstones set in the ground and the flags make quite a display. This photo is from Memorial Day weekend 2007.
On Memorial Day weekend, many people visit graves of loved ones who never served in the Armed Services. On Saturday, my mom and I drove to Ash Grove, Missouri. My aunt and cousin met us there and we put flowers on my grandparents and great-grandparents graves.
My mom and I then visited the cemetery near her house. My stepfather and niece are buried there, side by side. My stepfather’s parents and sister are in another area of the cemetery. We placed flowers on all 5 graves. My stepfather served in the Korean War and a man at the cemetery entrance gave us a flag to put on his grave.
Heroes come in many shapes and sizes. Remember yours today and every day.