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Memorial Day Years Ago
by larry r linville

Saturday, May 24, 2008
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It was so much simpler in the 50's to observe "Decoration Day." Nostalgia grabbed me as I wrote these words.


Up early when I’d rather sleep in
decorating graves about to begin.
Cut the glads and the peonies blue
put them in water when we are through.
The visit of graves where loved one are laid
placing the flowers and short prayers prayed.
We see family and long time friends
then get the Kodak and focus the lens.
We pause at the graves marked with a cross
and learn our freedom was paid by their loss.
American flags of red, white and blue
remind us they were loyal and true .
The picnic basket was opened and shared
with a group of folks for whom we cared.
The graves were pretty on this special day
even though we did not have time to play.


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Reviewed by Lavendar Jazz 6/3/2008
A beautiful write... You help keep the memories alive with your words. Thanks.
Reviewed by John Linville (Reader) 5/26/2008
Awe! That brings back memories. Thanks! Larry.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/25/2008
Yes Larry it is a shame when that day off is all most people think about and not why they have it off. Thank you for sharing Larry.

Newfie hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/25/2008
I, too, long for those much simpler days, and those days when we as a nation still remembered and revered those who gave their all, for us.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/25/2008
He was just eighteen and half years old when he killed for the first time a German uniformed man in 1944 Normandy to discover that the dead man was also just a boy, despite many other killing in other wars that soldier never forget that first one on Memorial Day, because he knew that a mother somewhere was afraid of "that" knock on her door as his own have would.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/25/2008
Sad how apathetic we've become, when sales or days off from work become more important than honoring our veterans or our war dead! TRAGIC!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(

I prefer to remember; it's only the right thing to do! As the daughter of/sister of/cousin of/niece of military personnel, I have no choice!!
Reviewed by Beryl McMullen 5/24/2008
Your memorial Day and our November the 11th the saddest of days
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/24/2008
Sad, how apathetic we've become - when Memorial Day (and other holidays paying honor to our military men and women and Veterans) are only seen as days off - and sales - poignantly penned rememberance, Larry, well done, and thank you -

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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