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Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

There is something awe inspiring, when you attend a Memorial Day Service.

Just seeing all the flags lined up in the cemetery gives you something to ponder.

Today was a service for the Japanese Nisei (second generation) Americans.

My best friend of over 50 years, father was added to the wall this year.
I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Both of her parents treated me like a 3rd daughter.
What truly special people they were.

We heard stories of their war time experiences, from generations before us.
It was a very moving tribute to all Nisei.
My husband is 3rd generation Sansei.
My boys are 4th generation Yonsei.
There is so much history for them to learn.
As for me, I'm blessed to have been able to marry into such a rich culture.
I miss my in-laws every day.
My mother-in-law is on the "Women's Memorial'" in Washington DC.
She was an Army Air-WAC during WW2.
Such a humble woman. She never told anyone about it.
Friends found out quite by accident, while visiting the memorial.

The Boy Scouts did a wonderful job of helping with the event today. 
Escorting everyone, lending a hand where ever they could.
Even providing water for everyone.

The saddest moment for me was knowing that John and Helen
never got to see their great grandchild. 
But your in all our hearts!

I do hope that you were able to take a few minutes out of your day
to remember those who fought so valiantly, for our freedom.


  1. Thank you dear for posting this loving tribute to honor those who allow us our freedom. Blessings...

  2. Joan - Thank you for that history. I love it. They WERE the greatest generation.

  3. This looks like a very special day. Thank you for the history lesson, too.

  4. Lovely post...thank you for sharing this special day and you wonderful family.


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