Small town Memorial Day is memorable
Memorial Day is special to us. I am a mother of sons who serve. A daughter, niece, granddaughter, great granddaughter (and even further back) of gallant men who have given me the freedom to live here in this wonderful country.
We live in the center of everywhere…. 25 miles to this town, 20 to that one, 18 to another and so on…
This year we chose to go to Washburn (22 miles) for their 133rd Memorial Day service.
Small towns provide a level of interaction and accessibility not found at large events in bigger cities.
By far, this photo on the right is the best capture of the day. It speaks volumes.
And it is fabulous that you can right up to Ray W and just chat away.
Small towns celebrate everybody- Washburn has a ‘Wall of Honor’ hanging – and EVERYBODY from here has an embroidered star with their name on it that has served or is serving.
Our speaker for the day was my dear friends father Lt. Col. Kroh- he spoke on military medics and how they have changed from the Civil War forwards. It was really quite interesting.
Small towns also do a ‘Roll Call of the dead’ . They name each name, what war (or wars) they served in- Civil War, Indian, Spanish-American, Korean, Vietnam ,right up to today. And also give the cemeteries where they are buried.
It is very moving.
Part of the ceremonies is the 21 Gun salute at the cemetery. This was particularly moving~ Lt Wicklander WW2 Vet, even though he can barely get around INSISTED on standing for The Colors. BRAVO!!!!
Small towns have parades, pot lucks, and all manner of folks visiting. Patriotism is everywhere.