The Memorialized

One of the stranger cultural shifts I experienced when I lived up North was the observance, or lack thereof, on Memorial Day. In many areas down South, Memorial Day is much more than bar-b-que and burgers; it's an encounter with personal history. Faithful family members visit the graves of ancestors from conflicts past - literally, their memorials - and decorate them with flowers and flags in a very public expression of acknowledgement and gratitude. 

I would encourage you this Memorial Day to make an effort to do likewise - even if the graveyard holds strangers, you are heir to their sacrifice.  Don't ask that a low-flying flag or official proclamation recognize the day on your behalf.   Go and give thanks. 
A  S.P.A.R. uniform, WWII.

Picture, Jackson Library, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 


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