Greenville County and the Joint Veteran's Council held a Memorial Day Ceremony yesterday morning and it was the most patriotic I've ever felt! We sang the "The Star Spangled Banner," "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful"and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. We also read "In Flanders Fields" which was written about a battle that took place 100 years ago on May 25, 1915.
I've mentioned before about my two friends who are war widows of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you'd like to read more about Karie's story, click here. She's recently published part of her memoir about life with her husband Cleve. While I feel like I've always had respect for the military, learning about these girls and their experiences has really changed the way I look at our servicemen and women and their families. And how days like Memorial Day are about so much more than cookouts and swim parties.
While all those things are wonderful, for so many families it is a day of great sadness. While I'm sure all the families represented at the service yesterday in Greenville, and across the country, were proud of their family members, they would probably give anything to not be remembering a loved one lost.
A POW/MIA flag was placed front and center. One of the men placing the flag had been a POW of Korea.
The Upstate Senior Concert Band along with a local church choir provided the most moving music.
This lady was honored at the Gold Star Mother - her son was killed in Vietnam in 1969 and she's attended every Memorial Day service.