Memorial Day In A Small Montana Town

White Sulphur Springs resides peacefully in a valley of the Rocky Mountains. It is a small town where people know their neighbors and where folks are proud of their heritage. They are proud of their citizens who have served in the military branches and display that pride on Memorial Day.  Like the town, the VFW branch is small but they never fail to march the colors down main street on Memorial Day and present a full ceremony at the cemetery. Prior to Memorial Day, VFW members and other volunteers place a flag for each deceased veteran along the driveway and around the perimeter of the cemetery. When a stiff breeze blows (as it often does) all of those flags salute the memory of the veterans and the sight will stir your soul. 

Photo by Dave Ringer of Yellowjacket Photography

Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember and honor those who have served and gone on before us but my memories always take me far beyond those heroes to the everyday heroes  of my life. They take me to a father and mother who struggled through the great depression and through sickness and heartache, constantly striving to provide for me and give me the best that they were able to give. To guide me and prepare me for the unknowns that lay ahead in my life. Today I remember the things that they tried to tell me that I didn’t understand or appreciate at the time. Memories come to me of a Grandmother who was always kind, patient and understanding. In my mind, I can see aunts and uncles who were my friends and who were always ready to lend me a hand if I needed help. I remember childhood friends and schoolmates who no longer walk in this valley but were a source of companionship and pleasure when they were here. Each and every one of those people gave me something. A word of advice that would be priceless someday, a moment of kindness when I needed it most, a helping hand without me asking or a pat on the back when my back was bent. For many of them, there will be no flag flying but my hat will be off to them.

     What does Memorial Day mean to you?


About authorjim

I grew up in the country near a small Montana town, I have spent a lot of time in the outdoors, working, fishing, hunting and camping but have always been interested in mechanical and electrical things. Most of my life has been spent in the use, care and repair of things mechanical, electrical an electronic. After being retired for several years, I began writing and published my first novel at the age of 79. Now, at the age of 82, I have recently published my fourth noveland it is available from me or from the pulisher or book distributor.
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