Even after now four years, it felt strange to watch the ceremonies at Arlington on TV, rather than watching it there. The laying of the wreath is very solemn, and even with all the dignitaries and media there, John Q. Public is still welcomed and allowed. Based on my experiences, ‘most’ of the public attendees were retired or former military some for the first time, others who lived locally and had been there multiple years.
Ammo.com has a good piece on the history of ‘Decoration Day’, HERE. And commenters Tom and Beans linked to the article from Tom Cotton, Arkansas’ Republican Senator, who is ex-Army and did a tour with the Old Guard, HERE. It talks about his tour at Arlington, and is well worth the time.
For me, I watched it on TV, then started prepping for the cookout I was hosting yesterday. All of the guys were ex-military in one form or another, and we all share that sense of loss of men we knew. It’s kinda frustrating to be thanked for my service on a day like yesterday, since it’s REALLY about those who never came home. We all agreed on that, but deal with it, each in our own way.
And my friend and long time commenter, Stretch and his wife stopped in from Virginia for a few hours while on vacation. It was great to see them, and a good time was had, along with some decent burgers.
Apparently our little town is ‘right off’ their list of possible retirement places according to Stretch’s wife. Something about seeing us on TV regularly for our ‘weather’… So we gave them a few recommendations and a few places to stay away from (Dallas, Austin, Houston).
As usual, the talk turned to guns, as Stretch is one of the group that got together regularly to shoot in Northern Virginia when we did the fund raisers and fun shoots. Not that ‘that’ is a rat hole we go down routinely… nah… 🙂