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Date:12/29/2014 2:58:07 AM
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Honoring the Dead, Part I
This Monday, as I do every year, I will attend a special Mass at St. Patrick's and then walk over to the Stiles cemetery and watch the elderly gentlemen of American Legion Post 523 render honors. This was the post that Pa and Eldest Brother David had belonged to. Pa was it's Commander back in the 70's and Big Brother Tommy and I used to help him put the flags on the graves. On Monday, the Legion Commander will tell the honor guard detail to: "Honor the Dead."

Honoring the Dead. Those few who follow these postings know that this Memorial Day will mean even more than usual. It is the first that Eldest Brother will have a flag over his grave. This afternoon I got My Ruthie to come with me and take a photo of his grave. I had been worried that the Legion folks wouldn't know to put one on. A few years past, the Memorial Day after my first cousin Paul Truckey had passed, there wasn't a flag over his grave and I know it upset his extended family, including me. I hadn't had to worry with David's flag. It's fluttering brightly over a shiny new American Legion flag stand. Just feet away, Pa's flag is fluttering as well. It did my heart good to see it.

Honoring the Dead. We do it in many ways. The other day I had planted the gardens. Then, late in the day, as the Sun was setting amidst a warm Southern wind, I put the remainder of my pumpkins seeds, a trowel, some Miracle Grow, an axe, a set of branch clippers and a saw in a wheelbarrow and I set out to do two things: To clear out the undergrowth that threatened to close in on the Cumberland Trail and to plant pumpkin seeds in the three patches of ground that Eldest Brother had plowed out last year in front of his deer towers. (Please scroll up for Part II)
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