Memorial Day

I can't remember a time that I have ever celebrated Memorial Day for what it is on the calendar for. It's always been a "free day off" of work or school. But as some of you may know, when you have kids you think differently about things, and Memorial Day has become one of those things. We decided that we should honor this special day set aside for remembering those who have died in our nations service. So, we enjoyed a picnic at a local park. The weather was great! Not too hot or windy, just right for enjoying fried chicken, potatoe salad & cupcakes! After our picnic we went to the Fort Snelling National Cemetery. It was amazing to see the parade of cars flowing in and out. Most of the white tombstones were adorned with flowers, and we saw several people embracing in tears remembering their loved ones. It was a solemn drive through all the cemetery, but I'm glad we did it. It's not important what side of the war you're on, if you believe in life then you believe in honoring the lives that have been lost.

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
Moina Michael

After the cemetery we went to tour Fort Snelling. This is a fort that was built back in the 1800's by the Snelling family. It processed over 300,000 soldiers into active duty during WW2. Needless to say it was pretty impressive! There were volunteers in costume, soldiers, town folk, and indian traders. We even got to see/hear a canon being fired. Maybe I'm a geek, but I think it was COOL! Ava got to cruise around the large open area of the fort and even though she had a gotten a nice bath that morning she was in desperate need of another that night! It was a great day. Nothing beats being with my family!