I would like to join you in your Memorial Day.
We in the UK have Remembrance Day (Armistice Day) where we remember all those who have fallen. It falls on the second Sunday of November. Poppies (the flowers) are symbolic, for the poppy fields in France, where so many soldiers died during WW1. Poppies are sold, badges etc, to raise money for veterans. Everyone wears poppies. A two minute silence is also held at 11am (we don't have the problem of different time zones on our little island) across the country. Cars stop. Schools stop. Everything stops. It can feel quite eerie. But I think it should, in order to remember.
Blessings to all my friends in the USA, and to all those who are remembered.
Thank you for posting this FC Jim! Did you serve in the military?
My Dad served in the Air Force as a navigator and did two tours in Vietnam. In 1967 I was 10 and was very scared for him. But when I said goodbye, he grabbed me, had a brave look on his face and remember him saying something like this, "I'll be back, son, take care of your brothers and sister. Be there for your Mom." His second tour was in 1972.
My younger brothers both served, one for 6 years in 1981 and the other in 1984 for 20 years and then retired. In my second year of college, 1977, I took the Armed Forces test and failed. I never got to experience boot camp, being deployed or where I was going to be stationed. I believe the Lord has His assignment for those who served in Armed Forces but had another plan for me.
God bless you, brother!