Memorial Day always makes me think of my Dad who served in the US Navy. My father died almost 7 years ago now. He was always so proud of his military service, and we were proud of him as well. He received full military honors at his funeral. If you have ever been to a funeral with honors you do not forget it. The playing of the Taps and then the firing of the rifles is very moving. I can only imagine how emotional it must be at a funeral for a soldier who was killed while in active service.
My father served on the USS Cone during the Korean War. While he was on the ship he wrote this poem, and I read it at his funeral.
Memorial Day is a holiday created to honor those who gave their lives in service of our country. However, I remember my parents often taking us to visit the cemetery where my grandmother was buried on that weekend. When we were there we also visited the graves of our ancestors and other relatives we had never known. To me it has always been about remembering all of those who are gone.
In that spirit, and because this is a pet blog, I wanted to also share photos of our two boys who we lost just over the last year, Kobi and Moses. My father was not a dog person, but I still hope that our boys and all of the other pets we have lost are in heaven with him and my Mom keeping them company.
Happy Memorial Day to everyone. I hope you are enjoying a long weekend, and don’t forget to pause and remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.