Monday, May 31, 2010
"To most people it's just a Bar-B-Que day."
Greenwood Cemetery and I had lamented the poor public attendance of the event. The service was very moving and was a lovely way to pay tribute and remember those that have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. But very few people were there beyond the participants.
I've written before about Greenwood Cemetery; it's not too far from my house and there's a huge Veteran's section there. It's a very old and locally historic place; very beautiful. The American Legion had placed flags by every veteran's grave.
I was really sorry that the event was not better attended but I have to wonder if people just didn't know about it. I assume they do this every year; today, I believe, they are doing the same ceremony at Hillcrest Cemetery in Haughton. I found out about it quite by accident; in checking my SiteMeter yesterday I saw that someone had found my blog by searching "Memorial Day Shreveport." Curious then as to what actually might be happening around here on Memorial Day, I did the same search and found a little blurb in The Times about the ceremony.
That said, The Times today did have a nice article about yesterday's event.
At any rate, maybe next year more people will attend the Memorial Day service; maybe the one in Haughton will have better numbers today.
But sadly, like Steve said, to too many people it's just a Bar-B-Que day. Sad.
Change gears now.
We rushed home after the services to get ready for a wedding at the beautiful Caspiana Plantation. It was the wedding of the daughter of a dear friend of mine.
The beautiful bride arrived in a buggy drawn by a white horse and after the ceremony she and her groom left the same way. Actually, they rode around to the back of the house where the reception was. There we spent the rest of the evening eating, dancing, celebrating long after the sun had set. Good times had by all and congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Borel!
Today, we're going back to Greenwood Cemetery to place a few flags. On one of our previous visits there, Steve and I found the grave of one Bose F. Kelley, Jr. We noted it at first because next to it is the grave of William C. Kelley and we thought how sad it was that this family lost two sons in World War II. Then Steve gasped and said, "Oh no! He died on D-Day!" We did a little online research and found that Bose Kelley was a part of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment and died at Normandy.
We're going to put a flag out for Bose Kelley and (his brother?) William, one for my dad, my grandfather, and my godfather, and maybe a few more. There's a Purple Heart recipient in Greenwood Cemetery (well, probably lots of them) and we always leave a flag for him, too.
So, after we go set out our flags we'll come back home and THEN we'll fire up the Bar-B-Que!
Have a nice Memorial Day and take time to remember the reason for the holiday.