Our actions are what people have a tendency to be influenced by more than our words.

After a recent conversation with a friend about the approaching Memorial Day it had me reflecting on what we plan, do, and say about the day.

What kind of Memorial Day conversations do we have with our friends or around the table with our families?

What do we usually talk about leading up to Memorial Day?

Often we can rely on teachers to teach our kids lessons, and if your into the church thing we let those teachers take the lead.

During the conversation with my friend he asked me if I had ever heard of the Carry The Load group and what they do.

I googled the group and the statement on the front page of their website was exactly what I had been looking for.

Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day.


For more info on Carry The Load and all they do click here.

It's not hard to find a local ceremony or parade to attend on Memorial Day, and if you've never been I'd recommend it.

Once you attend one you will more than likely be so moved you will make it tradition every year.

Memorial Day
Photo Courtesy of Patricia Armstrong
DC/Memorial Day
Memorial Day
Photo courtesy of Patricia Armstrong. Memorial Day/DC

Here are a couple more reflective Memorial Day reminders I have come across:

While my mom was in Scheels, in Rapid City, last year she saw this missing man table tribute.

Scheels Rapid City, SD

The inscription reads:

This table is reserved to honor our missing comrades in arms.

The tablecloth is white – symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call of duty.

The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.

The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon, a symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.

The lemon is a reminder of the bitter fate of someone captured in a foreign land.

A pinch of salt symbolizes the teas endured by those missing and their families who seek answers.

The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, found as one nation under God.

The glass is inverted – to symbolize their inability to share this evening’s toast.

The chair is empty – they are missing.


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