Memorial Day is, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day>Wikipedia tells us is, “originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season,while Labor Day marks its end.”
You probably knew all these details. I’m sure I was told then forgot. It wasn’t a holiday mother celebrated with visits to the cemetery. Her yearly actions remind me of holidays. Lilies on Easter…I now associate those lovely flowers with my grandma and grandpa’s death. Mother has no grave, and the rest of my family has been buried back east. Before mother remarried, I bet she took lilies to my father’s grave. He was the family veteran.
Every once in a while I now go up to Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. It’s right up the hill, and there I can stop to see G’s mom and dad. I visit Dale Craig too. He was my support when I was at my very lowest point. There’s a man that deserves a flag.
- Himself: Pool, work, dinner then visit Poolie in the hospital again. This total collapse happens every time after an infusion.