Memorial Day

Do you have memories of Memorial Day as a child? Do those memories involve a special weekend trip or barbecue? Or, do they involve flowers and tombstones?

My childhood memories involve Peonies, Iris and Sweet William, coffee cans and coat hangers.. My mother and grandmother would spend the early morning hours picking flowers from our gardens. My grandmother’s refrigerator would even contain a bunch or two of peonies that she bought at the local grocery store.

Then we would venture to the cemetery where those flowers were placed in coffee cans with water. Then the bent coat hangers were used to anchor the coffee cans to the ground so the Kansas wind would not blow them over.

At the cemetery, we would decorate the CRAWFORD plot which included graves for my great grandparents, my grandmother’s baby daughter, my baby brother and later my uncle.

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