May 31, 2010
Memorial Day began after the Civil War as a day of remembrance honoring veterans. Since then the holiday has expanded to include visiting and decorating the graves of loved ones who weren't veterans. It's also become associated with backyard barbecues and long weekends for traveling, camping, catching up with friends and family, or catching up on chores. My Memorial Day memories involve visiting cemeteries to decorate graves with fresh-cut peonies and playing trombone in the high school marching band for a service led by the local VFW.
I'm wishing I'd made it home to put peonies on my grandparents' graves. Those I picked yesterday are in a vase on my table instead. I can't look at them without thinking of Grandma and Grandpa, from whose yard the peony plants came. It's my way of honoring them across the miles.
Today write a scene involving a gesture of honor or respect.