My father, a proud WWII Veteran, was busy on Memorial Day as well. He, along with American Legion and VFW buddies, placed small American flags on the graves of local veterans. Mom and I joined him later at the annual Memorial Day service for our small town. Daddy often MC’d the ceremony. Mom helped with the floral tribute during it. And I stood by watching as my Memorial Day memories grew. After the ceremony, everybody enjoyed a meal at either the American Legion or VFW post.
Memorial Day isn’t much like that any more, is it? It’s more about food and drink, golf and baseball, boating and car races, concerts, fireworks, etc. We seem to have forgotten so much.
I feel blessed to have had parents who shared with me what Memorial Day is all about. Each generation has a responsibility to pass that on. And while it’s important that we do so, it is infinitely more important that we also pass on the love of the God Who created us, saved us through His Son Jesus, and has given us grace upon grace, both individually and as a nation.
My parents have passed away and now it’s my turn. So I ask you the same question I am asking myself.
What are you going to teach the younger generation this Memorial Day?