Today is a day of remembrance. It’s a day for honoring those men and women who died protecting our country as a member of the armed forces. And while we honor those who have fallen and given the ultimate sacrifice, I also thank everyone who has served.
This year was different for me. My late Father’s birthday is May 28th. Often times, his birthday actually fell on Memorial Day. When I was little, the holiday was all about his birthday. As I got older, of course my focus shifted to the real reason for Memorial Day. But in the back of my mind, daddy’s birthday was coming!
This is the first Memorial Day without dad. It’s weird. My sister and I went to his grave today at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. That is a picture of the main flag that flew at half staff this morning. They had a huge ceremony honoring the fallen. Families were everywhere. Children were randomly putting flowers on graves. Military personnel was all over the place. It made me feel proud that my dad was in the Army and the activities were a form of comfort to me. I thought I would be drowning in a bucket of my own tears. Instead it felt like a celebration of life.
It’s so funny that it was cloudy and slightly gray today. My sister and I hate the sun, so it was like daddy made the perfect weather just for us. It was a very nice morning and I could not imagine going to visit dad without sissy being there.
In dad’s honor, we are going to have good quality gourmet burger for his birthday on Wednesday the 28th. In dad’s older days, he LOVED a good burger and black walnut ice cream. So Wednesday, it’s all about you, papaFAB! We will throw down with thoughts of you in our hearts. We love you and we miss you.