Saturday, May 28, 2011

our heroes...

the veteran's memorial is in the middle of the square...
and all around it are the names of our towns heroes from various wars...
some who came home in a box...
but all are honored here in the quiet of the center...
and the VFW places flags all around the square...
and today was a special Memorial Day service...
to honor one of our boys...
who was KIA in 2009...
he was my son's, Doug's, age...
a granite bench was placed on the square across from the church that he attended with his family...
a soldier, a son, a husband, a father of 4, a friend...
this is what our local tv stationed aired tonight on the news...
we got up this morning and went to the grocery store...
we went to park on the square to watch the services...
and couldn't find a place to park...
it was full!
that has never happened before...
maybe 20-25 people show up...
and I wasn't sure we could navigate this area with my wheel chair...
so DH brought me home and went back up with Craig and parked behind the furniture store and walked...
so this afternoon...
after it was all over and everyone had left...
in the solitude...
DH and I went back up...
and we went through the park in the center of the square and then around the perimeter...
and paid our own homage to those no longer with us...
who gave all they had for their country...
their neighbors...
their friends...
the square is a peaceful place in the middle of our town...
and our buildings are old and are full of history...
and way too many of them sit empty now... 
and while we were there...
we stopped and got the mail...
and I waited outside while DH went in...
waving at those who passed by...
because that's what we do in a small town...
and there are flowers in barrels...
and flags flying...
and then we passed back through the center one more time...
we then drove through the cemetery and past all the decorated graves...
and the old part where no one comes to anymore...
and at home again...
I deheaded some of the potted plants...
they took a beating in the storms lately...
and we went out to the center of our world...
and the roses were in full bloom...
in our memorial garden for our parents...
and the smell was so great...
and we remembered our parents, grandparents, friends...
who are no longer with us...
and my peonies are trying so hard to open...
the only time the sun was out today was for the memorial service on the square...
:)
the rest of the day was cloudy and overcast...
our mower guys came at 3pm...
as soon as they were finished...
it poured...
it is supposed to be in the 80s for the next 7 days...
some days close to 90...
and no more rain...
Doug is staying here for the week and DH is on vacation...
there is going to be some serious yard work done...
and a shed cleaned out...
and some rearranging of the junk that we have in the yard...
it's time to declutter!
hope your weekend is a peaceful one...
a fun one...
and one that's filled with all the great things that America is...
One Nation, Under God...
May God bless us all...

7 comments:

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

so good to see Oakland! I see the little cafe is still open, My cousin and I stopped there a couple of years ago and enjoyed it! We have a big Memorial Day party ..even visitors from Coles Co coming!!

Leslie said...

Thanks for the tour around town Tete! Looks quaint! Have a wonderful weekend!

Donnie said...

That town reminds me of so many others Don and I have visited. Beautiful, peaceful and most of all Patriotic. Thank you for showing us around. Have a wonderful weekend too.

Debbie said...

What a great little town you live in, Tete! It is sad that so many towns have lost businesses due to the economy.
I hope the weather stays nice so we can all get outside and finally get things done.
Have fun out there!
Smooches.
Debbie

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Thanks for the tour of your town. It is so wonderful that it continues to remember its fallen heroes.

Marydon said...

Love Is ... God, freedom, servicemen & women & our blessed nation.

Beautiful share, Tete. What a lovely 'vintage' town, so full of honor & beauty.

Love your gardens, the florals are just gorgeous.

Have a lovely holiday weekend.
TTFN ~
Marydon

Annesphamily said...

This was another beautiful tribute. I love the flowers growing in your garden. Anne