I hope you had a nice Memorial Holiday. Our family did. We began the day by meeting at our son Steve's house at 11:00 a.m. to drive to Great Lakes National Cemetery together. It's in Holly, MI, about 42 miles from our house. It's where both of my parents are buried. My dad was a World War II veteran, and even though he didn't die in combat it seemed like the perfect place to begin our day.
There's a tradition to leave a penny on the tombstone of the veteran if you visited their grave, so we all left a penny.
We gathered around the grave and each one shared memories of my dad and mom and then Steve prayed a prayer of thanksgiving for their lives as well as the lives of everyone buried there. It was very touching. I could have shared many wonderful memories, but their greatest parental accomplishment was teaching me about Jesus and His gift of salvation, which has given me purpose and contentment in life. They left a great Christian legacy for their family to follow. Steve reminded Brooke, Izzy, Landon and Ellie that it only takes one generation for a Christian heritage to die out, and for them to stive, with God's help, to keep it alive for those who follow.
I left giving a gentle pat to my parent's tombstone telling them bye for now, and I'd see them again someday in Heaven.
The first thing on the agenda was to get the food on the table. Not knowing if we'd have access to grills I prepared ready to eat food: bar-be-qued chicken for pulled chicken sandwiches and bean bake [a yummy recipe from a deceased friend that all the guys loved - even those who don't like baked beans. It was made with bacon, ground beef, and three kinds of beans, pork n beans, pinto, and white kidney beans.] Jeremy requested corn on the cob, so I boiled it at home, wrapped in in tinfoil and a towel and transported it in a cooler. It was still very hot when we ate. I also made a pasta salad, a three-bean marinated salad, and slab apple pie [made in a sheet pan]. Lori brought yummy fresh fruit, Samantha brought munchies [chips, popcorn, etc.] and Sharon brought drinks. Nobody went away hungry!