Approaching Memorial Day
I appreciate being schooled in the significance of special occasions and the meaning of Holidays.
Since Friday the nature of this areas has changed. Traffic is different: evidenced by increasing numbers of "foreign" state plates, especially in the rain, of visitors attempting to compete with the nuances of Utah driving methods.
Cemeteries are becoming oceans of floral tributes, masses of flowers that have been appearing since Thursday. This activity heralds Memorial Day.
At dawn tomorrow, our driveway will boast a large flag placed for the day by our local Boy Scout Troop.
The activity of family gatherings, requiring assembly of family members, here or away, is of importance. Some say that they are anticipating the start of summer, a time of family cookouts, others of sad reflection of lost loved ones. Here our celebrations are with unusually heay rain (and a new cover of snow on the mountains). CL and I have been invited to join a friend's family for their afternoon gathering.
Seeing that I am the relative newcomer to Memorial Day and the person in need of the education , my wife has carefully explained its significance, as we have compared our experiences of our families' history in service to our respective countries pursuits of freedom, of losses and joyous returns.
We respect others' celebrations/observance of the occasion in whatever form they may take. May your commemorations of Memorial Day be profound.