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May 10, 2018 Memorial Day is very important for what it symbolizes
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Well, for what it is worth, here I am again. One of our most important holidays of the year will be upon us this month. I’m not talking about Mother’s Day, although that is a good one. I’m not even talking about the Lone Tree High School Alumni Banquet, although that is important to many of us. I’m talking about Memorial Day. It’s important not because we have a day off from regular duties, but for what it symbolizes.

To me the three most important holidays of the year are Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Veteran’s Day. Those are the days on which we honor our military veterans. I suppose it is a day when a lot of people just turn it into a Barbecue and Beer Bash and forget the real reason. Most people here in Lone Tree, and maybe the whole state, at least take time during part of the day to honor our veterans, many of whom gave their lives to keep us safe and free, and then a party of some sort starts. There is nothing wrong with a party on a holiday as long as one remembers what the holiday is about.

I don’t recall what the schedule is that the Lone Tree American Legion Post will follow, but in he past they have traveled to some area cemeteries to provide ceremonies. If memory serves me correctly they will at least be at St. Mary’s Cemetery between Lone Tree and Nichols,, the Swank Cemetery southwest of Lone Tree and wind up at the Lone Tree Cemetery late in the morning. At Lone Tree, besides the ceremony, depending upon the weather, there will be that VERY beautiful Avenue of Flags for us to see. Hopefully, it will be a day like the day on which I am writing this: sunny and warm with a gentle breeze to get the flags flying little bit. The so-called art experts in the whole history of the world can name 100,000 paintings,portraits, or photographs as the most beautiful, but to me they don’t hold a candle to a sunny day with a gentle breeze and the great Stars and Stripes floating gently.

I don’t know if anybody is still all upset about the moving of Memorial Day to a permanent Monday instead of always being on May 30. It made no difference to me. It didn’t commemorate a specific happening like July 4 or November 11. It was a holiday started by he women of the old Confederacy in 1866 and eventually spread around the country. In fact, the southern ladies observed the day in late April because that is when the flowers started blooming. I’m sure there is a lot more I could say, but maybe I’ve gotten my point across without boring you to death. At least I hope so. See you at the Legion on Memorial Day.

For the Thought For The Week I couldn’t find anything about Memorial Day so I am going to resurrect one I used three years ago. Considering my feelings about seeing our flag flying, I think it fits. It is: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”

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