This morning we went to the Memorial Day Ceremony put on at Veterans Memorial Park. We got there just before the colors were presented which gave me an opportunity to snap a few photos.
We have gone to this event several times. The first one was when Munchkin was in a stroller and Pam's Country Kitchen was Abe's Diner. We got pancakes that morning and I remember it was hot. Today may have beat that one as far as heat goes though. My sweet kiddos started to complain a bit about the heat but we reminded them that we were there to remember the people that had fought and died for our freedom. We reminded them that we would soon be back in our air conditioned house but the people who served and are serving deal with so much more than we do on a daily basis. They don't always have a bed to sleep in or a roof over their heads. They deal with excruciating temperatures without air conditioning. They have to fight so we don't. I am not sure how much got through but I hope that by us taking them to events like this and continuing to talk with them about the importance of our military that they will always respect those that have gone before us to protect our freedom.
As part of the ceremony, the Ceder Creek Community band played several songs which included the Armed Forces Medley. I did not have my video camera with me but here is a performance in Washington DC in 2010:
As the band played through the song each person who had served in that branch stood during their theme song. It was quite touching to see the men and women that stood. It made it tangible to the kids to see people who had fought and served our country.
Channel 4 and 5 were flitting around so who knows, the ceremony we attend may be on the new tonight. It is nice to see that this particular event is growing each year.
As we left the park we saw this sweet kiddo making a rubbing of some of the names on the memorial. Perhaps a grandparent.
It sounds awkward to me to say Happy Memorial Day so instead I say thank you to those who have fought and died, to those who serve now (including 2 of my brothers and several 2nd or 3rd cousins) and sacrifice so much and to those that will serve in the future. You are appreciated for all you do.