Memorial Day

Memorial Day

THEY remember.

As is the custom for Memorial Day, veterans’ organizations have placed flags on the graves of others who also fought to preserve our freedoms.

Just as the veterans of World War II are dwindling so are the veterans’ organizations themselves with their few members joining groups in nearby towns.

Yet, a visit to area cemeteries show the flags are still flying as a result of the work of those who served in wars fought over the years.

A visit during the week to a small country cemetery adjoining a church, which has not been in use for years, revealed the veterans buried there had not been forgotten.

Many of the grave markers in that cemetery are old, dating from the post-Civil War era and possibly prior to that time. Some of the tombstones are leaning, but luckily they haven’t been touched by the stupid, unfeeling actions of vandals.

Veterans’ graves aren’t the only ones decorated with the red-white-and-blue. The country church appears to be in good shape, as viewed from the exterior. Although the front door needs some paint, the two posts on the fence by the walk brighten the whole aspect of the scene.

Not only did the veterans place flags on graves in the old cemetery, but they also decorated the fence posts.

MEMORIAL Day once was called Decoration Day. Shortly after the Civil War, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared May 30 as Decoration Day, calling for the graves of the war dead be decorated with flowers. It is thought that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.

That wasn’t the first time that the graves of the war dead were decorated to honor them, but the observance received a more official status as a result of Logan’s action.

Flags aren’t the only way to remember those who gave their lives for our country while struggling in foxholes, jungles, mountains and trudging through rough territory with snipers and bombs not far away in addition to those who were shot down in airplanes or whose ships went to the bottom of the sea.

Numerous Memorial Day services are scheduled Monday to honor those whose sacrifice helped our way of live to continue.

They died, but others have remembered.

Do we?