Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor our country's veterans and those we love who have died. Dan, Kayla and I went to the cemeteries yesterday and left flowers on graves...little blue carnations for Dougie, pink roses for Grandma Uthe, red carnations for Grandpa Falkena. There are other graves near these members that I never knew...a grandpa who died before I was born and a grandma who died before her son, my dad, was even married. We also visited the graves of Dan's family...his father, his grandparents, his great-aunts and great-uncles...even distant cousins who were gone long before Dan's parents were born. We left flowers there as well...a small token of our remembrance to them. Some of these graves have flags flying proudly beside them...veterans of past wars still being honored for their service.

Why do we only honor our loved ones who have died one day a year? Don't we remember them all year long? I do...I remember Grandpa Falkena always smoked a pipe and had lemon drops in his top dresser drawer. I remember Grandma Uthe always kissed me when I came to visit and always had LifeSavers in her purse. Funny the things you remember...

I think every day should be a day of honor and remembrance for those that serve or have served in the military. There is no job as hard as fighting a war, or training to fight in a war or knowing someday you may be called to do those jobs. I think we should remember the families who lost loved ones to war, the families who are supporting a loved one currently fighting and the families who are dealing with the soldiers who have come home in a different condition than they left it physical or mental. No one likes war, but we should all remember the brave men and women who fight, or have fought, for our freedom and support them more than just one day a year. We should also remember the loved ones who have left us...after all, they are the ones who helped mold us into who we are today, without them, there would be no Falkena or Josephson family. We owe a debt of gratitude to our families, both living and angels in heaven.

date May 25, 2009

2 comments to “In memory...”

  1. Jennifer
    May 25, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Another great post.

    You know, the thing that strikes me as I read this, is what legacy am I leaving? When someone is trolling the cemetery 70 years from now, will they know who I was, and will the vague impression they have of me be anything of value?

    I want to leave a legacy of love. And that love comes in the form of LifeSavers, and kisses, and lemon drop in the top drawer.

    Lovely post, friend.

    God bless you.

  1. grandma F
    May 30, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Dad`s mother died when he was only 4 years old, I thought you knew that. He barely remembers her. She died when Andy was born, so Grandpa was left with 3 little boys and a newborn

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