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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day....What is it?

Memorial Day is treated so many times like just another holiday or the beginning of the summer season.  I wonder how many people even know what it is.  I know it's a great vacation time to spend time w/ family and so forth, but how many of us stop to even be thankful for the lives that have been given so we could do all the things we love to do??  It was our desire to make sure the girls knew what it is and what it represents. That morning we talked about it in detail with them and then went down to the Memorial Service at the New Bern National Cemetery.  They did a great job at honoring all the lives that have been lost (Color Guard, 21 Gun Salute, Taps, etc.)  The speaker did a great job as well.  He read Scripture and then he told how he had been to the Havelock Childcare center on Friday (kids ages 8-12) and he asked them if any of them could tell him what Memorial Day was.  Not a one could tell him.  How sad.  He talked about the importance of teaching our children about the freedom we have. 
That afternoon we watched a video of the Memorial that was dedicated to the 238th Engineer Combat Battalion.  That is the group Gary's papa was with in World War II.
We are so thankful we live in this country and for the sacrifices that have been made to make us free!

We did enjoy our day together.  The girls played on the slip and slide and we went to the new Nature Park in New Bern that is about 3 miles or so from our house.  We LOVED it!  Was absolutely gorgeous! We got to see lizards, birds, turtles, ducks, fish, spiders,  mosquitos :-(, geese, deer, and more!  They have great hiking trails and a gorgeous dock.  It's about a 1/2 mile hike through the woods to the water.  The hike is awesome.....wide paths, beautiful foilage, a small bridge, sounds and smells of outdoors!  We fished a little but didn't catch anything.  We really enjoyed being out there....very secluded.
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