Memorial Day May 28, 2012
Sponsored by the Murfreesboro Noon Exchange Club
During the holiday weekend, my daughter, son-in-law and I drove about twenty-five miles outside of Nashville to see this Memorial Tribute to our fallen Heroes.
Hollie and Larry purchased a flag to honor, my paternal uncle, Homer Anderson who served
in Africa under Patton in World War II.
An attendant helped us locate the flag assigned to us and helped us attach my uncle's name.
Afterward we then walked through the nearly thousand flags. Since we were in Tennessee, it was not surprising that we ran across this flag.
This tribute honored Elvis Presley
He was drafted into the Army.
On March 24 1958, he entered into service
and was discharged on 5 Mar 1960.
The three of us wandered through row upon row of beautiful flags rustling in the breeze. Many of the flags had photos of handsome young servicemen. Many of them barely out of their teens. My heart grew heavy
as I reflected upon the fact that these young men were some one's son, husband, lover or father. We then saw this tribute that put it all in perspective. We saw in writing the price that these young heroes had paid.
This handsome young serviceman, this son, husband and father would not come home to rear his son. His son had left a letter for his Dad. It was sealed in a plastic sleeve and attached to his Daddy's flag.
It was hard to photograph the letter in the bright sun, but it read as follows:
I hope you love heven. If I new you better that would be so cool. Its awesome that you fought for our country. But I wish you hadent died. If my Dad hadent died I would of known some cool things.
I love you Dad.
When we are sunning on the beach, barbecuing with friends and family, cruising the mall and especially when we vote this November, remember that this, forever absent, Daddy helped make it possible.
I am sharing with: