Memorial Day 2011

Well, yesterday was the parade and tomorrow, Memorial Day is what is typically referred to as the beginning of summer. This holiday, intended to acknowledge the millions of soldiers that died for our freedom seems to have morphed into a second Veterans Day of sorts. I observed several folks being interviewed on TV who were stating that Memorial Day was about thanking all our veterans….making reference to those standing around them…..as opposed to the ones resting in cemeteries. I even had two people ask me why there was a parade going on?

The reason rests here…the names of but a few who served and are now gone. We pay tribute to those who served Memorial Day 2011 in our local paper.

If I recall, even our President made the same error in 2008 .“On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.”

We have let the parades, picnics and dashes to the beach cloud our understanding of what the day is all about.

That is sad if we neglect to ponder the real reason for this holiday.

Here is to the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. May their memories be eternal and may their sacrifices for their Flag be not in vain.

I would also like to especially remember a deceased professor of mine, Bernie Kaliss, who died in 1979. He was a great man, who left little or no family to honor his memory.
I humbly do so here and someday, I will write a story as to why his memory is special to me, but this will suffice for now……BK Page 1…………..BK Page 2

Just about a hundred yards from where I will lay one day.





Since it is 90 degrees today, I thought the last two photos would be refreshing....snow.


Yours truly at the wheel, photo by Elissa Visotski


Sgt. Jake Mahoney, ADPS...proud of his service to our Country.


As we close in on the assembled crowd. (I shot this when we were stopped for a moment.) The crowd got bigger as we continued on.

About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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