Earlier today I spent a few hours with the members and friends of Albany's Sheehy-Palmer VFW Post. We placed flags on the graves of veterans at two local cemeteries, Graceland Cemetery on Delaware Avenue and the old German Evangelical Protestant Cemetery on Krumkill Road.
It was very cold, rainy, and windy. However it was worth it. We need to remember all of those who served and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Next year, I will be contacting a local VFW post so that myself and my girls can volunteer to place flags again.
I need to teach my girls that Memorial Day isn't just another day off from school or work, nor simply the beginning of the summer season, nor just a reason for a picnic. It is about remembering our fallen soldiers. We all seem to forget the importance of this day. I will try to break this trend in my family.