Joy the Baker

Memorial Day

May 25, 2009


We used to be one of those families that would drive out to the cemetery on Sunday afternoon after church service.  I can remember chasing my sister around the cemetery slopes, slipping on the moist grass in my church shoes and getting bright green stains on my Sunday dress while my parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents sat around our family graves exchanging stories.

The bright afternoon sun, the way the wind whipped over the rounded hills of the cemetery, and hearing my family talk and laugh about our family who had passed… it’s one of those super calming childhood memories that I keep tucked away, and pull out on days like today.  The remembering is important.

Today it feels good to remember all of the men, women and families who have sacrificed so much for our country.  While thanking you may seem trite, I mean it from way down on the inside.  Thank you.

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  • Because of those that fought(and still do) for our freedom, we can go about our days baking or doing whatever we please, forgetting why we are able to live so freely…Thanks for taking a moment to remind us all not to take our liberties for granted!

  • It is fascinating for me to read about your Memorial Day and your sentiments towards it. In my country many many people died in both wars but no one would ever think of remembering them with pride officially. My generation (mid 20ies) does know much about those who have served than.

  • That’s right. Think about these peole. Memorial day is not for sales and shopping.

  • What a lovely sentiment! Being the wife of a reservist on his third deployment, I can tell you that even the simplest “Thank you” touches both of us. So thank you too.

  • What a great memory. I agree with MaryBeth. We need to pass these memories down and with it a deep respect for those who serve.

  • remember,also, that one way to thank our veterans is to support those organizations that support military families & those veterans who have returned with injuries (some which cannot be seen easily).

  • I agree as well- what do you say to these people who risk their lives so we dont have to? What do you say to a wife who’s husband is serving his 3rd tour in Iraq while she stays home with their children, one of which has never even met “daddy”. Does thank you seem enough? I think not. But truly, it comes from pretty deep down inside as well.

  • It’s good to remember! Im glad you have such great memories to bring up…we need to pass these along to the next generation!

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