Memorial Day

On this Memorial Day it might help to remember that one – it began a holiday in which to honor Confederate War dead and two – FDR’s initial Memorial Day as President is best remembered for his cutting the pensions of severely disabled American combat veterans from $40.00 monthly to $20.00.

Having gotten the snark out of my system I can now reflect that when sergeant Shawn Farrell’s funeral cortege (killed in Afghanistan 04/28/2014)rumbled down RT 209 from Kingston two weeks ago there were 33 fire engines and a thousand motorcycles watched by 15 miles of people lining the roadway with flags.  Also that when I went out with the American Legion the Saturday before last to decorate the town’s veteran graves with flags we had scads of volunteers ranging from Girl Scouts to eighty year old grandmothers helping.