Awakening this Saturday morning, the 28th day of May, 2016, I had to smile as I approached our front door to go and retrieve the Saturday Denver Post. There in the first rays of the rising sun was, once more, an American flag punched into our front lawn.
Of course it was...........
For almost all of the 20 years we have been blessed to live in this home here in Parker, Colorado, a flag has shown up on all the lawns of our neighborhood. I paused.......grateful for the reminder to remember...and be thankful.
Why this day in this country? This brief explanation I found on the web.
Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, at least, it marks the beginning of summer.
With Judy off on some important meetings/errands I've taken the time to ponder much over the years of my own life...and wonder forward to what is to come. The current political situation in our country has me shaking my head with a different kind of wonder.......as in what's to come of us?
This is not a question of despair.
It is a question of focusing forward...with hope...with what's my part in all this…………even, what's yours?
It's a weekend of celebrating three exceptional young men graduating from their high school careers, and beginning their college careers. What's the world they, and their children, and even their children's grandchildren, and...well you get the point.......
We all have our heritage within us. In our relationships we are all creating heritage in others. What all will those decades down the road from us be remembering? What memorials will need to be further affirmed...in time.
I found these two quotes from former US Presidents from the last century:
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."
…President John F. Kennedy
"I don't have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world."
…President Ronald Reagan
And so, as I went out to collect the printed news of this day (…there’s something I still like about opening a newspaper, feeling it, smelling it, experiencing it that allows me time to ponder rather than dash through the soundbites of television…which is an important part of our lives, most of the time…). There was that flag………..again.
Remembering. Being thanks-filled. Being thanks-filled for the freedom that allows a wide variety of friendships from across the globe, and remembering how I wished that now all in our world was as peace-filled as this moment of this morning seemed to be.
I walked inside grateful for way more than I can even begin to express here…………………