As a Veteran, I often forget that Memorial or decoration day has morphed into a tribute to Veterans. As someone that participated in a War, I should be more mindful of the cost and price paid for Freedom. I am truly turning against the kind of Governments that cause things to be settled by War. With that said, I will always be proud of the young men and women that are thrown into the conflicts and often don't understand the reasons but go because they were asked to pay the ultimate price. As a child, each Memorial day we would drive to Eldorado, KS and pick Grandma's flowers to put on the graves of my Grandfathers. Their graves were just a few feet apart in the small cemetery by the Skelly Oil refinery gate. I have a picture of my mother as a young woman standing there near the graves.
|Mom in The Eldorado Cemetery|