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Parades, lilacs, taps and bittersweet memories of Memorial Day

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Memorial Day, an American holiday, is observed the last Monday in May, which this year falls on May 31. Originally known as Decoration Day, it is to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S military. The graves in cemeteries are decorated with flowers, flags and special markers.

The Village Assisted Living residents have memories of Memorial Days observed including grandfathers, husbands or family members who served or who are now serving in the armed forces. It is important to remember those who served.

Many of the residents remember attending a Memorial Day program, listening to or singing patriotic songs, going to a local cemetery after the program, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars presenting of the colors, a poppy-covered wreath placed at the center of the cemetery, shooting of the 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.

Other residents remember a parade and taps being played outside the hospital. One resident said her church congregation goes into their nearby cemetery where they have a nice service, and then everyone decorates the graves. Another remembers helping her grandma put lilacs in fruit jars and placing on graves. Others used peonies or whatever flowers were in bloom.

A sad memory of war was that of an uncle who had his discharge papers in place to come home but lost his life before leaving. Escorting the war dead back to their home towns for burial after WWII was another story of a resident’s father. One resident recalls the memory of her husband, a WWII vet, getting to go on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

Here at The Village, we have decorated a tree with the prominent stars containing the names of our family members who served this wonderful country.

As quoted by Elmer Davis, “This nation will remember the land of the free only as long as it is the home of the brave.”

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