As Memorial Day comes upon us, we are once again called to rediscover the true meaning of the observance, which was, is, and always will be a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.
Memorial Day recalls honor, tradition, dedication, and ultimate sacrifice. It speaks of heroism, bravery, and stories often left untold by veterans. It is, as its name suggests, memories and memorials to those who served, whether voiced or not or silenced forever.
Years ago, before we bought our home in Elgin, Illinois, my wife and I lived in another community. Directly across the street from us was one of the more ancient cemeteries of the town. It was an ideal place to go for a stroll; it was, after all, one of the quietest places around.
There, we found a grave, secluded, forgotten, shrouded in a tangled litany of limbs from a heavenward-straining flowering tree, in all likelihood planted in memory of the young life which, a century-and-a-half ago, had slipped far too early from the arms of those who loved her.
Someoneís wife, she was. Possibly someoneís mother, though, judging from her youth, what children… Full Story