Back to the topic, as the mind wanders.....One of the things I remember was going out to a large cemetery which was located in San Bruno and locating a few markers and putting flags at their foundation.
My father was a veteran and I remember looking at his photo album of him around monuments of places in Berlin. They didn't mean much to me then, but now with all the crap going around I wish I could have talked to him more about it.
He had a few friends that we would place flags at their markers. Don't confuse Flag day or Veterans Day with Memorial Day or Decoration Day as it was originally called.
I don't see the same reverence and respect that people showed for our fallen solders nowadays. It's only about BBQ's and getting ripped with your "buds" on with your favorite beverage.
Originally the holiday was made to commemorate the soldiers that gave their lives during the civil war. It got changed after World War ! to honor those who had died in all of Americas wars, and only in 1971 did it declared it a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May. Don't get it confused with Veterans Day which is a special day set aside to honor all veterans, living and dead on November 11.
One of the most emotional things that I have experienced was seeing the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. Seeing all the names was something quite emotional. It was hard not to walk away without developing tears in your eyes. I guess we can call that my generation's war, then next we had the Iraq war and now we have the Afghanistan war.......great was a great way to chronicle times in history.......You would think that something else could be devloped to settle an argument?
In Mexico I am sure they have some holiday to commemorate fallen soldiers... ( Hint.... Bob, our resident historian),.but then again thinking of how Mexico celebrates, that may be every party after an hour or so.....
So since in my small way of remembering those souls that gave their life for an idea, a concept and a belief, a moment of reflection and thanks!
And let's figure out a way to stop this kind of foolish loss of lives.....