Monday, May 26, 2008

Paying tribute to America's Fallen...

Main Street. Thomasville, North Carolina on Memorial Day 2008
The big Chair
Front and Center at the Parade
In memory of my Father - Let Freedom Ring
Listening to this man tell the story of his father's service
to our country I couldn't help but think that in a lot of ways
his life is frozen around the event of losing his dad
I love the Marching Band!

United States Air Force
The Marines
Submarine Veterans. Mr. Porter, our neighbor across the street
who died last year was a WWII submarine veteran.
He used to tell great stories...

People lined both sides of the street for a few miles
Remembering the POW and MIA
North Carolina National Guard
Buffalo Soldiers

Standing behind us was this pair. They chatted about the Vietnam War
the whole parade. Our veteran would tell this Vietnamese man where he was
in his country and about what he saw and the Vietnamese man, in his limited
English, did his best to explain and confirm their shared experiences of that time
Hearing the exchange between these men and standing at this parade today
with my husband and sons as we watched families of young men and woman from
this area who have recently been lost be honored by this crowd, I couldn't help but cry.
I am so grateful for this Country and the men and women that make it possible

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