May we all take a moment to remember our loved ones. I went to Bonnie & Sherry's gravesite on Saturday & spent a few quiet moments by myself. Seems like I go there more than I thought I would...partly because I am too far away to go to my own parents.
May we also remember our soldiers of the past and the present, those serving our great Nation & protecting us from harm. I proudly fly our American flag! Happy Memorial Day! ...
Mt. Zion Church & Cemetery Hallsville, Boone County, Missouri
As a little girl, I remember running through the tombstones, careful not to step in the area where our ancestors were sleeping! I knew my great-grandfather was buried there, along with a few great aunts & uncles. But no one told me of the legacy that was really there. Years later I would return to that very cemetery, and after doing family research, realized that many of those markers were in fact links to my family bloodline. I recognized names that through genealogy research I knew were connected to me, but as a child I had no idea and more than likely didn't care. There were Pembertons, Fulkersons, Turners, McMinns, Flints, and on and on...not to mention the names of family friends that meant so much to all of us. My great grandmothers two young sons are buried there...and I have been told that there are 5 slaves buried near my Fulkerson family, but there are no markers. Later my great grandmother Pemberton would be buried by her husband, Samuel. There are more great grandmothers and great grandfathers, and even some great-greats!
Just today I did a little research, wondering why we used to call this holiday "Decoration Day" but now it is "Memorial Day". Seemingly it all began after the Civil War when the ladies of the South would decorate their fallen hero's grave site late in the spring when their springtime flowers were in full bloom. The tradition spread & it became a holiday to remember our fallen soldiers.
And we still remember them on this our Memorial Day weekend, along with celebrating family time and the beginning of our summer season.
Now that I know that my families migrated to Missouri from Kentucky, Tennessee & Virigina, maybe they brought with them the tradition of Decoration Day. I know the grandmas would never let the last of May pass without putting their jars of peonies on the tombstones of Mt. Zion!