Memorial Day, is a day dedicated to remembering the sacrifices of those who served our military and for our country. In our family it has been a tradition to visit the graves of our family members who have died and cleaning the grave site and leaving fresh flowers.
Veterans families who have buried family members in Greenwood Cemetery can donate their service flags. They are then flown on Memorial day and Veteran's Day.
Honoring your service
with flowers and Love
Last summer while visiting New York, we stumbled upon Waterloo, New York which is considered the birthplace of Memorial Day. The town of Waterloo in 1866 set aside the a day to honor the war dead from the civil war. In 1873, New York became the first state to proclaim Memorial Day or Decoration Day as it was originally called as a holiday.
In May 1966, a joint resolution by the United States Congress and a proclamation by President Lyndon B. Johnson officially recognized Waterloo, New York as the birthplace of Memorial Day.
Memorial Day is a day we visit the graves of family members and remember the impact of those lives on our own. It is a time of story telling and peaking into the past through memories and stories shared in our time together on this day each year.
|At the country cemetery in Spangle Washington|
In addition to visiting three different cemeteries in three days, we visit the small town of Spangle, the site of many of our families homesteads in the late 1800's. These sites come alive in my Auntie's memories and she relishes sharing them again and visiting places of her childhood.
We visit the decaying farmhouse where Auntie was born and my mother and she shared many memories. They lived in a number of places in Spangle but the Sadie Heaton place was the one they most talked about. This was my first visit here though I had seen pictures and heard stories about the place.
The place is crumbling and it's days standing upright are numbered. It lives on in Auntie's memories and the pictures of long ago.