by Melissa Brunner
As I've been watching the video of our various area ceremonies today, I hope you've taken time to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day and what it means in your life. For example, I would not have the job that I do, or at least be able to do it the way in which I do, if not for the men and women in uniform who, for generations, have fought and died to secure the freedoms our nation enjoys, including freedom of speech.
Even as we honor those who served our country, for many of us, Memorial Day also is a time to reflect on those who served a purpose in our lives.
My husband and I spent time Sunday visiting a couple local cemeteries with his dad. It's something we do every year and, each year, I enjoy hearing stories about the family, learning something new about someone along the way, be it the aunt who always found a way to make people laugh at the family gatherings, or the way his mom always put flowers on a headstone marked "infant" because it was near the other family members and, well, it just seemed someone should be remembering the young one. It's family history - the characters of the past who form the picture of who we are today. I recall hearing the stories at my grandmother's funeral about how she loved to write - ah, ha! maybe that's where I get that from, I thought. Yesterday, as I put a flag next to my grandfather-in-law's grave, I recalled how he spoke with pride about his time in the Marines.
May your Memorial Day have been blessed with memories of those who served a purpose in your life, while you honored those who served so your life can be so blessed.