Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day Thoughts

These memories are as clear as the taste of my hot, strong coffee from this morning. The finely manicured cemeteries, the small flags carefully placed next to the headstones of veterans. The gentle scent of flowers permeated the air. As a child, every year my Grandfather would take us to local cemeteries to lay flowers on the graves of loved ones and veterans. Typically we would finish our run and eat pancakes and sausage and eggs at one of the local restaurants. While the adults talked and laughed and remembered those who passed, us children would color and play with the children from other families.

I wonder, on this Memorial Day, if parents and children still do these things. My far from normal life over the last decade and a half, ripped me far from these sort of events. Feelings of desire; ride my bike to the local Veterans Cemetery perhaps.

While the number of things lost in my life may be considerable, it is nothing compared to those men and woman who gave their life to protect our freedom. To all who have or are serving in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and all other branches, this long haired motorcycle rider thanks you.


Baron's Life said...

Yeah good question...I really wonder if parents spend enough time and do meaningful things with their children

mq01 said...

i try to spend time with family and friends that give thanks during this memorial weekend. but i realize some just dont understand the meaning behind the holiday... thank you razor. happy memorial day.

RazorsEdge2112 said...

Baron: Don't honestly know. I would like to think so, but currently my only view of the world is here in Las Vegas. That stated, this viewpoint may be a bit biased.

mq01: It honestly sickens me when I see Memorial Day Sales fliers or hear Memorial Day Sale advertisements on the radio. I want to scream, "What the HELL does Memorial Day have to do with selling cars or refrigerators?"

Didn't get to the cemetery but I did fly a flag on my bike.