Memorial Day 2016 in Harrisburg, South Dakota
On Memorial Day I went to a special service at the cemetery in Harrisburg, SD.
The presentation of the flags, the taps playing, and the baby that started crying in the audience while the roll call was read made it impossible to keep dry eyes throughout the presentation.
Thanks to all the people involved, you presented a very moving, and honoring service.
As my day went on I got messages, and saw pictures or posts from people showing what they did this Memorial Day 2016.
If you've ever wondered why some graves have coins on them, here is a video explaining the tradition.
While my mom was in Scheels, in Rapid City, SD over the weekend she saw this missing man table tribute.
The inscription reads:
This table is reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms.
The tablecloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty.
The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.
The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon, a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.
The lemon is a reminder of the bitter fate of someone captured in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the teas endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.
The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, found as one nation under God.
The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast.
The chair is empty – they are missing.