Monday, May 25, 2009
“When you go home, tell them of us and say,
For their tomorrow, we gave our today.”
—–Kohima epitaph, attributed to John Maxwell Edwards, carved on the memorial of the 2nd British division in the Kohima cemetery for the Allied War dead, WWII
I hope everyone takes a moment this Memorial Day to remember those who gave their lives, so that we may enjoy the lives we live today. And also to remember in our thoughts those who continue to fight for the rights of Americans.
I felt so patriotic today. I have to say that does not happen too often because there are many things that our country does that do not agree with my morals and living philosophy. But when I see the love of this country in the eyes of other people, and really think about how people in many other countries are denied basic rights, I do feel grateful to live in this country.
This morning I got up and went to pick up my parents so that we could all watch the Agawam Memorial Day parade. The only thing was, I forgot about the West Springfield parade, and as it turns out, it was going on right as I was going down the main road that it was on! At first I panicked, because I didn’t think I knew any other way to get to my parents hotel, but after I turned around, I managed to find a way around…whew! I didn’t want to have to sit through that whole parade, not knowing how long it was going to last, and then get blocked off from returning to my own town.
It turns out that the parade runs right down Main Street, which is right up the street from us. When we get off the highway, we are on Main Street, then turn off that street and one more to get to our house. It would have been only about a half mile walk, or less, but since we were going to be carrying our HEAVY chairs, I decided to drive up closer.
It was supposed to start at 10:30, but the parade didn’t come by our part until about 11 am. I was excited because I had found out yesterday, that our neighbor who is keeping his Thunderbird in our garage was going to be the Parade Marshall!
So I snapped pictures of pretty much everything in the parade. I’ll show you some of my favorites…
The opening Color Guard
Our neighbor, the Parade Marshall, and his Thunderbird, “in action!”
Then a slew of old fashioned cars…
Marching soldiers…they were chanting…I always like that…
The Agawam Colleens from St. Patrick’s Day…really nice float (a high heeled shoe, topped with roses)
Another Color Guard…
The Agawam Marching Band–“The Marching Mohawks”
Then a whole slew of firetrucks, some new and some old…
The bagpipes…my ABSOLUTE favorite!
Some army trucks…
A cute little train, with some lucky kids riding!
The ONLY candy throwing float in the parade 🙂
All in all, it lasted about 25 minutes or so. Just right, not too long. It was nice to see a whole bunch of people coming together to celebrate. I’m sure everyone will be having a BBQ today.
When we came back home I got the cherry pie together!
Before going into the oven!
I’m going to be getting the rest of the meal together now. After we eat then I’ll be dropping the parents back at the hotel so I can get a little nap in before going to work tonight. I REALLY wish I didn’t have to go to work tonight!
I’ll post pictures of our picnic lunch tomorrow. I can’t wait to eat. I’m starvin’ marvin’!!!!
“Those who deny freedom to others, do not deserve it themselves.”
Remember this the next time you make any kind of statement, or place any vote, that denies other Americans basic rights. Think about it.