Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

The cemetery across the street from my house
has a parade of flags each Memorial Day.

The streets are lined with over 2600 flags.
Each flag represents a soldier buried in this 130 acre cemetery.

When I went out this morning the flags were already flying.
I was concerned when I heard thunder.
By noon the flags were wet.

My Red Poppies opened in the rain.
These are the poppies I think of when I read Flander's Field.

Today I learned the history of the Buddy Poppy.
My husband I placed peonies on the family graves yesterday.
We remember.


Cheryl said...

A lovely post always your beautiful words capture a moment and make it more meaningful.

Mary said...

I always remember, too. I bought Gina and Billy (former Marine) an American Flag for their home yesterday.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

How nice that you can enjoy the parade from your home. I thank God for all the soldiers through out history for our wonderful way of life.

mon@rch said...

Wonderful post and it is so important for us to remember. Happy Memorial day!

Q said...

Dear Cheryl,
Thank you. The last living veteran of World War I was in my city this past weekend. We have a large W.W.I memorial snd museum, the only one in the U.S. I did not attend the ceremony honoring him. He is over a hundred years old. I did watch some of the event on the news. I thought it was very fitting we had a light rain shower.
I too cry for all the people who have died in war.
I so wish humans would stop fighting and learn to live in harmony. I am war weary.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
A very nice gift you gave them.
We posted our flag on Sunday for a little while. Monday it rained off and on all day. My flag is old and getting tattered.
We remember together.

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
When I wake up on Memorial Day I open the front door and look out across the street. Seeing all the flags is awesome. It is my sign that summer is here.
I am a pacifist. I understand the why of war. I think humans can evolve. It would be nice to see people resolve conflict in a peaceful and kind way. I think it begins with respect.
Today I recommit myself to non-violence. I am a hippy at heart!
Make love not war. At least plant seeds!

Q said...

Dear Tom,
Thank you. This is my third Memorial Day post. I always think my kids will enjoy the flags.
I liked reading the history of the Buddy Poppy. I was very pleased when my red Poppies began to open. Just in time too!
I have lots and lots of Doves...maybe next year I will do a Dove post!
Happy Memorial Day!
Happy summertime,

smilnsigh said...

A lovely commemoration...


Q said...

Dear Mari-Nanci,
If I was President I would have a parade of all the flags of all the countries from all times in my Memorial Garden. I would lay a wreath at the base of each flag pole for all the unknown soldiers from all the wars. If I was president.....
Thank you,