Memorial Day 2013: A Patriotic Story & A Parade

I was glad to be working third shift today so that I could attend the Annual Memorial Day Parade in Winslow this afternoon at 2:00 pm.   I also saw this heart tugging story of Winslow High School sweethearts during the 1940’s WWII on Fox News.

This is the story on Fox News:

“Laura Mae Davis Burlingame — she married an Army Air Corps man in 1945 — had gone to the New Orleans museum on April 24 looking for a display commemorating the young Marine who had been her high-school sweetheart.

“I figured I’d see pictures of him and the fellows he’d served with and articles about where he served,” she said.

She was stunned to find the diary of the 22-year-old machine gunner.

Curator Eric Rivet let her take a closer look, using white gloves to protect the old papers from skin oils. It was the first time in his 17 years of museum work that someone found “themselves mentioned in an artifact in the museum,” Rivet said.

The diary was a gift to Jones from Davis. They had met in the class of ’41 at Winslow High School. “He was a basketball player and I was a cheerleader,” she said.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/27/high-school-sweetheart-finds-killed-wwii-marine-diary-in-museum-70-years-later/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2UWF2G4AJ

I was disappointed to see the Main Street so empty of citizens honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom in this country.  I know what that Main Street looks like during a Little League parade.  Wouldn’t you think even more people would turn out for this parade?

Most of us had fathers and grandfathers who fought in a war.  Several of us still have sons, grandsons and husbands fighting in the current wars.  I know several people are honoring the war dead in other places.  God bless them all.  We must remember to be patriotic and hold Memorial Day in our hearts as it was intended to be.

South Main Street during the Memorial Day Parade

South Main Street during the Memorial Day Parade

North Main Street during the Memorial Day Parade

North Main Street during the Memorial Day Parade

Honoring those who've gone before

Honoring those who’ve gone before

Honoring those who've gone before.

Honoring those who’ve gone before.

Patriotic golf carts & citizens

Patriotic golf carts & citizens

Children being patriotic

Children being patriotic

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4 comments on “Memorial Day 2013: A Patriotic Story & A Parade

  1. allan gieselman says:

    Good post. Great pictures. Wish I could have been there but thankful for those that were there!

  2. I was there but not on Main Street, was up by Oak Hill cemetary. Had went earlier in the morning for the honoring of the dead at Pleasant Ridge cemetary. Unfortunately, not many showed up for either. Seems as if people just don’t realize what the American soldiers endured for our country!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    It made me very sad to see how few people attended the parade.

  4. I saw the news story about the found diary and found it to be an emotional moment. A lifetime has passed since her name was first written in that book and now it has turned up in the present.

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