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.”
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.