Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014



Have I shown this photo before? I couldn't remember, and couldn't find it on a search of my blog, so perhaps not. 

This is Son#1 back in 2008. We were on a school field trip to Washington, DC. All the kids were animated and vivacious and enjoying the tour...but something interesting happened when we reached the Vietnam Memorial. 

They became somber and incredibly quiet. 

We encouraged the students to look up their last name or simply find a soldier on the wall to remember. As they walked to walls, the kids respectfully reached up to touch a name. The quiet weighed as heavy as the crisp Autumn air. I loved that we were able to capture the moment. Son#1 seemed to understand the significance of this wall, the sacrifice of the soldiers. 

As we go about today, let us reflect for a moment on lives lost upholding our opportunities to be profligate in our barbecues and shopping the sales. Freedom is precious.

Happy Memorial Day!

PS...National flags at half-staff until noon
Observe a moment of silence or listen to "Taps" at 3pm

10 comments:

  1. What a great story to remember on Memorial Day.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! The look in his eyes helps me to remember. :)

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  2. I think you've instilled your children with an in depth understanding of what some people have sacrificed so that they can enjoy the freedoms and privileges that we most often take for granted. I think all of us should remember that not just on Memorial or Remembrance Days but always.

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    1. Somehow my reply didn't post, Shay. Sorry about that.
      Thank you. I truly feel my job is to turn my kids into productive citizen who respect & hold dear the freedom of their country. :) You're right. We should always keep this in mind.
      Hope all is well in your world!

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  3. Such a great experience for the children to understand the price paid for freedom.

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    1. My replies haven't been posting! Sorry to have just noticed that.
      Thanks, Barbie! We are blessed to live in this country which allows us the privilege of freedom. :)

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  4. Wow! What a great experience...

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    1. Yes, it truly was, Val!
      I'm glad for the photo to remind us of that day.
      Hope all is well in your world. Happy Saturday! :)

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    1. Wow is the perfect word to describe that day, Gregg. :)

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