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What is Memorial Day all About?

For most people Memorial Day weekend is about barbecues and enjoying an extra day off with friends and family.  That is how it has been for us — well, until THIS year anyway.

This year (my son’s first year in Cub Scouts) we had the privilege of planting flags in the veterans’ graves at the Presidio in San Francisco.  It was the perfect backdrop to talk about why we celebrate Memorial Day.  (Sadly, you might be surprised at how many kids and adults don’t know the reason).  As he diligently worked, we read some of the names of these brave men and the dates they died – some of them well over a century ago!

It was a very poignant morning and well worth the early morning wake-up call.  As we looked back at the cemetery once all the scouts’ work was done, and saw the flags standing straight and tall on each grave marking, I felt goose-bumps appear on …

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