|(My dad's ship prior to leaving for Vietnam)|
Our lands are dotted with the resting places of many fallen soldiers. The song "Blades of Grass and Pure White Stones" beautifully describes these hallowed grounds. We have had the privilege of visiting many of these resting places during our travels. Arlington National Cemetery's purpose is to "honor those who have served our nation by providing a sense of beauty and peace for our guests. The rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery". I can attest to the beauty of Arlington National Cemetery. Our youngest son had the extreme honor of laying a wreath at Arlington. He was in 8th grade and it is a memory that we will never forget.
While visiting our oldest son in Virgina, we stumbled upon their Memorial Day ritual of placing flags and luminaries on over 15,000 graves at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Many of those buried there are from the Civil War. It was a beautiful and touching sight.
This morning, hundreds of volunteers meet at the Biloxi National Cemetery to decorate the cemetery with a beautiful display of flags. We have been participating in this meaningful event for many years. My husband's father and sister are buried at this cemetery as well as my aunt and uncle. It is a special privilege to place a flag at their grave. It is also a loving tribute to our soldiers and loved ones. If you have a similar activity near you, I urge you to join this year in honoring the heroes in your community.
Blades of grass and pure white stones
Shelter those who've come and gone.
Just below the emerald sod
Are boys who reached the arms of God.
(Lyrics from Blades of Grass and Pure White Stone)
Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse