First we attended a short but wonderful Memorial Day service at the cemetery just west of our house. Very moving. Seriously, Ben and I both cried during the service. I loved that they ended the speaking service with a prayer to God, the Giver of life. The speaker asked God to bless our country with righteousness. Amen. It was faith-affirming to hear a public prayer offered in a service like that.
The girls did really well, but Grace was not thrilled with the gun salute.
The bugler played the Taps and the piper soloed Amazing Grace.
Unfortunately, Leah was done before the tour was done.
Posing with the big gun atop the sub.
We then high-tailed our way over to some church friends' house for a Memorial Day cookout lunch and fellowship. We had a relaxing but hot time. We wilted in between the occasional breezes, but strawberry lemonade and watermelon saved the day. Somehow I managed to not take any pictures while we were there!
I thought it was kinda cool that we had both sets of parents together. A little Norman Rockwell-ish, eh?
In the mall midway, they had an oversized chess game. Grace was disturbed by the overturned chess pieces, so she set to work tidying the game up. OCD, perhaps?
It was a memory-filled day of fun and yet gratitude for those who gave up so much that we might enjoy it. How has life been for you? Did you have a nice holiday?