Yesterday, I went to the ‘Take Time to Honor’ memorial site in Tradition, Port St Lucie. As I mentioned on Facebook, this was bittersweet. I really wanted to visit on a day when speeches wouldn’t be held and there would be no crowd, so it was the perfect time. I could view the area quietly, think about the sacrifice these men and women made and imagine what it would be like to hear them chit chatting today. I know, I’m a strange thinker. Standing there surrounded by 2,700 markers I stared at some of the crosses, a few seconds of day dreaming. As beautiful as the memorial was, it hurt knowing what it meant. I read the names on a few dog tags and wondered what the cadets and volunteers who created these were thinking, while they made each one. There were a few people there, two guards standing so still at the memorial entry way, people trying to find the marker that honors their loved one and a cute little boy too afraid to get close to the helicopter or take a photo for me, but his eyes lit up when his grandma offered him fruit.
Having a website which feeds off the energy of those seeking events in our area, I was trying to find the proper way to greet people on my Facebook page. I wanted to remind them of today’s happenings and was looking for the perfect opening line, but I was so lost. Saying ‘Happy Memorial Day’ didn’t seem right…or proper, being that the purpose of this Holiday is to remember those who lost their lives in war. But, at the same time, we’re told to celebrate the lives and memories of those we lost.
Thank you Southeastern Military Academy and The Road to Victory Military Museum for allowing people like me, who never really gave it much thought, to experience something like this. Memorial Day for me used to mean an excuse to party with friends. This is officially my first Memorial Day! Out of curiosity, how did you greet people today?