Today we visited the country cemetery that is a couple of miles from our home. On the way there I explained the importance of Memorial Day to the boys and then I gave them an assignment. I told them to look for the grave stones that had flags flying next to them. Our goal was to find 1) the earliest war veteran 2) the number of different wars that were fought. Isaac found two grave sites that had markers that stated the men had served in the War of 1812. Goal number 1 was accomplished. Next we found a grave site of a man who fought in the Civil War. We also found graves of veterans who fought in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Goal number 2 accomplished, we found 6 wars represented in the cemetery.
I was suprised to see so many flags flying in the small country cemetery. But more importantly I was in awe at all the men and women who had served to preserve our country's freedom. The boys and I talked about the sacrifice that those people gave. Caleb summed up all of our thoughts simply by saying, "I'm sure glad they did."
Me too, honey, me too!