Monday, May 31, 2010
We observed Memorial Day by going to the Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Strasburg, Pa. This reminded me of the small town parades of my youth, where I was one those kids in the marching band. This is a form of celebration that seems to be fading fast in the suburb America of today, where there is little real community left.
As the parade progressed the observers exchanged pleasantries with their neighbors and small children just joined in the parade. Afterward, everyone gathered for the Memorial Day ceremony in the middle of town, with the parade units returning to this center location for the proceedings. It was short but clearly sincere and meaningful to those attending.
We think it was a good way to spend this day of remembrance.
On the way home, we took the back roads and found one of the several covered bridges in the countryside.