Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

Last night at the ballgame, I saw what I guess was a couple of JROTC cadets - one Navy and one Marine (I had no idea we had anything other than Army or Air Force JROTC programs around here...). Turns out they were passing out red poppies, along with members of the VFW. I later overheard a father talking to son, who was there to participate in the pre-game little league parade. The father was trying to attach the poppy to his son's ball cap and telling him that it was important to honor our veterans. I mentioned that there is a poem that explains the meaning of the red poppy, In Flanders Fields, and the symbol dates to World War I. I can only hope that father takes the time to look up the poem and share it with his son.

Today, as part of the pre-game ceremonies, the Austin Army recruiting depot's color guard presented the colors for the singing of the National Anthem. Also, day of game staff (mostly ushers) who are veterans were asked to come down onto the field to be recognized. There was a moment of silence to honor the fallen, followed by the National Anthem. After the colors were retired and the veterans left the field to go back to their assigned stations, many fans applauded them. I thought that was great, since a lot of these vets are Vietnam era veterans.

The flags, both outside the ballpark, and those inside the ballpark, above center field, were at half staff. Apparently, one of the veteran ushers reminded someone it needed to be done, and it was taken care of quickly before today's early game.

If you haven't already, please take a moment today to remember why we have Memorial Day. This shouldn't be just another 3-day weekend. (H/T to commentor bthun for the Memorial Day observation link)

1 comment:

Norm said...

When I was a lad In Flanders Fields was required reading...

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.