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