Memorial Day--Remembering Those Who Gave

We received a message this morning from our local Boy Scout troops they were needing locals to come and help place flags on the graves of those who have served in the military to honor them on Memorial Day.  This is something I've always thought about doing--and so this morning we did.  Diane and I headed out, puppies in tow, to help at Hillside and Snyder Cemetery
Walking among all of those graves I recognized some prominent family names around here:  Cogdell, Stinson, Sears, Towle are some of the families that have lived here a long time.  Some of them had sons who served in the military and gave their all.   

I came across graves from 1950 (Korean War) and World War II and many who served but lived long past the conflicts.  My own father served in World War II (but the only insignia on his grave is a small chaplains cross) and Diane's dad is buried in a National Cemetery.  So, I had the feeling that I was honoring their service too as I walked among the locals.

Have you ever done this on Memorial Day?