Today is Memorial Day. It’s a day to honor those that have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
I grew up just down the road from Oklahoma’s National Cemetery in Fort Gibson. If you’ve never been to a national cemetery when every tombstone has a small American flag in front of it, with larger flags lining the road, then if at all possible, you need to go. Seeing all those flags waving in the stiff breeze in front of the white markers absolutely took my breath away and sent chills down my arms. I’ve done this practically all my life, yet the image still has the same affect on me year after year.
My mother is buried at National. She taught me to honor our dead, to decorate their graves as a sign of respect for what they’d done. I was pleased to see traffic jams as well as entire families gathered around a grave. It proves to me that we haven’t forgotten.
And I pray we never do.
To all the brave men and women who have served, both living and dead, I salute you!