Quote of the Day: A conversation with my boys.
Me: What do you remember best about the Memorial Day ceremony?
Eric (left): The Star Spangled Banner
Charlie (right): The National Anthem
And, it was captured on Steve Kohl’s camera and printed on the front page of our local newspaper, The Brainerd Dispatch. (Zach is standing next to me, behind the twins and their scout mate Aaron.)
Some of the scouts marched in the parade. My boys handed out programs at the Memorial Day service at the cemetery.
They did their jobs with patriotic spirit and observed the importance of this day.
Thank you to the men and women who served and sacrificed. Thank you to their loved ones who waited and worried. Thank you for living and giving beyond yourselves.
When I was in the 7th grade, I read In Flanders Field for the Memorial Day service in my home town. The author of that poem, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD, Canadian Army, wrote this poem in the spring of 1915 after spending 17 days treating injured men. He never intended to publish it. He even threw it away, but it was retrieved by his comrades and sent to a newspaper. The first paper rejected it, but it was published in Punch, and is still read today.