Today is Memorial Day in this country. This is the day we are to decorate the graves of our loved ones. It all started as "Decoration Day" and was a day to decorate the graves and honor of the people who had died as a result of serving in our armed forces. Later the name was changed to Memorial Day and has, over the years, come to be a day to decorate all graves, not just those of Veterans.
I did my decorating duties this past Saturday at the family plots in the cemetery in Byars, Oklahoma. (See previous blog entry.) Due to some medical issues that I'm having taken care of later this week I have been limited in what I can do. Actually I overdid things last Saturday and paid for it yesterday. Today I was feeling a bit better so I drove out to Chapel Hill Cemetery here in Oklahoma City to take some more grave pictures for the website findagrave.com. This is a large cemetery that I've been visiting for some time in an attempt to get all the graves documented in Find A Grave. Today the place was full of people seeking out their loved ones graves. Wound up spending about two hours there taking pictures of headstones and visiting with some of the people there. Most people find it interesting as to why I'm there with a camera taking headstone pictures. In most cases people are very appreciative of what we are trying to accomplish.
I was inspired by the number of people out today and it really lifted my spirits. After returning home I decided to look up on the Internet some of the tunes posted by my good friends, Ron & Kay Rivoli. One of my favorites is the one they made specifically for Memorial Day. It is called "Freedom Is Not Free". They have recorded several video's of this number on You Tube over the years. Please go to You Tube to hear what these folks have to say about this special day by clicking on the name of the song above.
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