Monday, May 27, 2013

Long Remembered

 Southwick cemetery a little before noon

Under a picture perfect clear-as-the-eye-can-see blue sky with just enough breeze to bring the flags and pendants and "colors" snapping to life, today was a Memorial Day to remember.  As they all should be.

Counting Hadley's parade yesterday I managed to attend three small town Memorial Day celebrations -- Amherst, Hadley and Southwick -- and if my kids were queried  Hadley would probably win "best in show" but only because of the quantity of candy thrown from the procession.

Kids scramble for candy

Marching bands, police, fire, military, tractors, trucks, antique cars, boy scouts, girl scouts, politicians all marching before crowds of thankful cheering spectators.  The only thing missing -- thanks to the "sequester" -- were those magnificent war birds screaming low and fast in tight formation causing all eyes to instantly snap skyward. 

And instantly make you think, "Thank God they are ours."

Memorial Day without a flyover is kind of like an Irish wake without a toast. 

Amherst Color Guard


Veteran Agent, Amherst Politicians



Boy Scouts

Hadley Politicians and Senator Rosenberg

Antique Truck


The Juggernaut said...

A Irish funeral without a toast? I thought you protested drinking and Irish culture being connected Larry!

Larry Kelley said...

"All things in moderation."

Anonymous said...

9:34...You can toast without alcohol, just like my Irish-Scottish father did his whole life.