Lip Service

I’m really debating whether I should post this at all. After all, “better late than never” is not always the case, sometimes it’s just insulting.

My Grandfather, still living, fought in WWII. And although this may be the last year he walks on his own in the parade, he did so, at 95 years old. (My Aunt speculates that next year he should sit in a wheelchair and be pushed.) That’s commitment. Remembrance Day is important to him, to my whole family. (That’s him with the cane, third in line.)

I used to think it was important to me, but my remembrance and proper observance of the day has really waned since adulthood. Yesterday I didn’t dig my poppy out of my jewelry box, I was in such a hurry to dress for work, and I didn’t even take the time to talk to Little Red about the day.

At least last year I did something. This year I made a lame blog post a day late to quell my shame. I’m sorry.

9 thoughts on “Lip Service

  1. Well, I certainly think there’s a lot more going on in your life right now than last year. And with it being an election year and the day falling on a Saturday, there is a lot more competition for the attention that would normally be devoted to this. There is plenty of time to talk to your kids about it in years to come.

  2. You amaze me. You feel so bad that you didn’t properly celebrate this day. I really have to commend you for that. Most americans find it as a day off (sometimes paid) from work. Not too many people really remember what it means have verterans in our lives. Like now, a lot of people are out trying to destroy our armed services or the quality of the people who run them or are in them. If only we could all be a little bit more like you, the world would be a more grateful place.

  3. This last summer my symphony did a tribute to the armed forces. We had all the vetrans come up to the front and tell us which branch of the military they served in… each were so proud when we then played their theme song! I loved that concert.

  4. I think the fact that you remembered the day is most important. A lot of people don’t even know what vetran’s day is about. I’ve had a couple solemn reminders this week and it was on my mind most of the day on saturday. You remembered, that’s something.

  5. I think writing a blog post is great, and posting the photo of your grandpa is wonderful. I didn’t really do much either, but the whole issue of Veterans and remembering has been pressing on my mind today.

  6. My grandfather was a WWII veteran but he didn’t participate in marches. I’m sorry I didn’t think to ask him why. I’m sorry I didn’t ask him quite a lot of things.

  7. I thought I had commented on this, but I guess I got interrupted. Did you just add the pic? I don’t remember seeing it before, and I love it! It adds so much to your post. We remember, Paul’s grandfather’s brother (I think) was a pilot in WWII but was captured and killed. It’s an important day to remember important people.

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