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With the backyard BBQs and the Memorial Day sales at all the stores, it's all too easy to forget the real meaning of Memorial Day:
11 November is "Veteran's Day" here in the States. I believe it's "Remembrance Day" in Canada and the UK - or am I FUBAR? It used to be "Armistice Day" in the US when I was young.... not sure when it changed, but the original name came from the Armistice that took effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, ending the "Great War"..............
We do 11 November here. NZ and Ozz also do ANZAC day in late April. UK
I'm waiting for Memorial Day to be on the "cancel culture" chopping block. That would be a very dangerous mistake for them, guaranteed. I need to go for a trip to visit my great-great grandfather's grave in a very small cemetery in Eastern WA. His name and rank are on his gravestone. He fought in the civil war for the North. Can't even fathom what that was like.I helped set out American flags along a major stretch of road in my city. One young man slowed down in his car and yelled out "What's with the flags? Did somebody die?" I yelled back that lots of people died so that he was free to be driving around not even knowing what Memorial Day was. The President didn't help when he said he wants those that died of Covid19 to be remembered on Memorial Day, further diluting the value and meaning of the holiday. In the past I have politely corrected people who seem to think that Memorial Day is to celebrate all veterans, reminding them that the holiday is intended for all of us, veterans and non-veterans alike to remember and honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.
Speaking of very old grave sites, of course New England has many, especially around the first colonies. I went with the Marines to bury a young man with honors around 1982 somewhere in Northern Vermont or New Hampshire...can't recall exactly. We had to get to the VERY old cemetery along a dirt, overgrown road to a tiny village cemetery which hadn't been maintained at all. Out of sheer interest, before any family arrived, I looked at the oldest looking stone I could find. The granite was so weathered it was difficult to read, but I did make out that it was a man "Captain" such and such, born in the 1600's! Maybe he was a Captain in the revolutionary war? Who knows.Went with the Mrs to put her flowers out. Lots of flags at grave sites out in bfe (these are cemeteries out in the middle of no where, small cemeteries, old, that have families dating back to the early 1800's. Saw one headstone that had a date of death of 1884, at the age of 77 years old, no birth year given on the old stones.
Thank You for that!