Friday, May 23, 2008
As a young boy I remember "decoration day" as being special. Every Memorial Day my dad would gather up roses and other live flowers and prepare them for our trip to the Dexter cemetery.
My grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins along with others including the Wesbrook clan would all meet for decorating the graves. The kids would play and traverse the cemetery area for hours of fun while noting the sadness shown by our relatives at some of the grave sites.
A ceremony honoring the military dead would be observed. Picnic lunches would be shared for an enjoyable meal. Though it is supposed that some families still observe this special day as a family event ... it would be surmised that the holiday has pretty much changed for many (like other traditional family activities).