Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

Thank you to all who serve our country!

Julia played Taps twice today. At 7:00 this morning, she and a Boy Scout friend played at a ceremony at the Rhode Island Vietnam Memorial. The Vitenam Vets are an awesome group of guys and always make us feel like a part of the family.

After a quick change into band uniforms, my kids, the band geeks, were ready for a parade.
Pete, quoting Will Smith in Men in Black:
"I make this look good."

Following the parade, there is a ceremony in the park. Julia and Manny played Taps again. Same beautiful 24 notes, different uniforms.

It makes me sad that so many families who attend the parade do not stay for the ceremony. I try to remind Girl Scout leaders to stick around after marching, but most do not. I grew up with a strong sense of patriotism, and I hope I am passing that on to my kids.

Happy Memorial Day!


Jackie said...

Yes, the ceremonies are very moving and everyone should attend. By the way, they both make the uniforms look good.

Pat said...

My daughter was a band geek, too. I'm glad you are instilling patriotism in your kids. (I found your blog from Jackie.)