Our friends, Katie and Ben, arrived on Friday to be with us on the Memorial Day weekend.
Saturday morning we were up bright and early with Andrew and Christian. They are Boy Scouts and they were participating in the annual ceremony of putting American Flags on each of the 22,000 grave sites on Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery. There were many Scouts and volunteers helping out. It was a beautiful sight.
Lucey helped out too. That's Andrew at work. Christian was off with another group in another corner of the cemetery.
Taps is playing for a burial. I looked over at Andrew and saw him saluting. My precious boy. I always tear up when I hear Taps. We live a 1/2 mile from the cemetery. This weekend we heard the 21 gun salute several times. Our Memorial Day was a little different than the average American. It's not about the beer and the hot dogs. We were reminded all weekend that our freedom comes at a cost. It's such an honor to live where we are living. It was a blessing to me and my family to spend our weekend in prayer for families who have lost loved ones.
Adam and Ben--Best Friends!
Christian, Adam and Ben.
Ben and Katie left on Sunday evening. My cousin, Heather came for a visit on Monday afternoon. Last week, her husband (Air force) left for a one year unaccompanied tour in Abu Dhabi. He left last week. We pray their year apart won't seem like forever. Heather and I had such a great visit. We had so much to say and so little time to share.
Ron made a fire in the fire pit and we made S'mores with Andrew and Christian's friends. Lucey had her first marshmallow. She wasn't sure if she should try it at first. I had to show her how yummy they are and here she is nibbling on it.
Part II of St. Louis coming soon. I haven't forgotten.