On Sunday, our eldest son (6) was one of hundreds of Tiger Cubs and Scouts who met at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific for an annual Memorial Day weekend ceremony.
Like many others, we made this visit to the "Punchbowl" a family event and once in our staging area, I decided to walk a random row of flat granite markers.
Each person had died during World War II and I soon noticed a similarity.
It was the age of the service member when he died that struck me the most.
They were so young.
Gosh, they were so young...
Thankfully, these fallen, these heroes of the Greatest Generation, are among the thousands who will never be forgotten - especially at this time of the year.
It was truly an amazing experience to see the kids, who handled flash flood conditions with aplomb and style as they quickly transformed what is already a place of peace and tranquility into a field of patriotism and pride.
These pictures speak for themselves (click to enlarge)
|A section dedicated to World War II fallen (pre-event)|
|Col. H. W. Weir served in two World Wars. Can you imagine?|
|The Cubs and Scouts get to work between rainstorms|
|Son No. 1 stops to read a grave marker...|
|About 15 mins after the Scouts began...|
|The rain was no match for the Scouts' determination|
|The Scouts made sure to salute every grave marker - even the last one|
|No one was forgotten...|
|Done, Son No. 1 asked if he could write a personal note...|
|...and said he would like to leave the note there...|
|"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." - President John F. Kennedy|