A Time to Remember…

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in service to insure our freedom. Dear’s father Rex served in the army during WWII. He was not among the countless number who lost their lives during service but we are very grateful to all who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Our son in law Andrew is serving as a Marine and our appreciation grows daily for the all of the men and women who serve our country in the military. As we speak Andrew is involved in Fleet Week in New York. We hope our military are treated well on the streets of New York. I’m adding this link from Pat at Mille Fiori that she posted from Fleet Week and she captured two great shots of the ship our son-in-law Andrew is on, the U.S.S. Wasp. Semper Fi! And for the record from what we’ve heard from Andrew, New York has been very welcoming to our boys!

Dear’s father Rex’s service in 1985 was under a pavilion at the Riverside National Cemetery and we had never had a chance to visit his actual graveside. When we were at our nephew’s wedding last weekend we had a chance to visit the cemetery and find Rex’s graveside. We do not have a family tradition to spend time at gravesides as we hope in the fact that our loved ones are not here but with the Lord. It was still a good experience to finally see Rex’s gravestone.

The cemetery has a kiosk where you type in your loved ones name and they print out a site map on where you can find the graveside. We were impressed with how easy it was to find Rex’s buriel site. Here is a link to a post on the moving memorials featured at the Riverside National Cemetery.

Even though we know our loved one who is identified with Christ is not in this grave, it’s still gratifying to see what a peaceful setting his gravestone is situated in.

The whole time we were at the cemetery we kept looking up because there was an airshow at March Air Force Base which donated land for the Riverside National Cemetery and is adjacent to the cemetery.

After a hike and some good scouting by Dear and our daughter Katie we found Rex’s gravestone.

It really was good to finally see where Rex was buried. I was 7+ months pregnant with Katie for Rex’s funeral and a lot of this time was sketchy for me.

This was a very nice family time for us all in between all the fun celebration time with our extended family for our nephew’s/cousin’s wedding. While we were at the cemetery we had the wonderful experience to enjoy some amazing aerial views from an airshow at March Air Force Base.

From the cemetery we met up with extended family for lunch at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Moreno Valley. What a great weekend it was to connect with family and get a special weekend time with Katie from North Carolina.

I’m joining in with Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. Hope all of you in the U.S.A. have had a moment to stop and consider and appreciate the memory of those who have laid down their lives for us…

A very meaningful Memorial Day to all of you!

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

17 thoughts on “A Time to Remember…

  1. WOW! What a meaningful time it was for your family. We visited Chuck Colson’s grave site today at the Quantico National Cemetery after we realized he was buried less than 5 miles from where we live. He was a Captain in the Marines during the Korean War.

  2. I am sure it was great way for you and your family to honor your FIL? Wonderful post for this Memorial Day. Happy Sunday and enjoy the holiday weekend.

  3. I was on shore to help welcome some of the ships come into New York Harbor for Fleet Week and from what I saw in Manhattan today the sailors and Marines seems to be having a good time sightseeing.this weekend of a sunny weather after a week of constant rain. 🙂

    Happy Memorial Day!

  4. So special that you and your family were able to visit Rex’s grave. I remember that day. My dad had passed away the month before. Rex was a sweet, special man. Good memories……

  5. How meaningful to be able to visiting your father-in-law’s earthly resting place. Especially knowing that you will meet again one day at Jesus’ feet. Happy Memorial Day, Ellen.

  6. This was a sweet post, Ellen. I’m thankful for the quiet joy that comes from knowing we’ll see our loved ones again—together with the Lord.

  7. How nice to honor with your family those who have gone before. What a wonderful experience and recognize that he is gone before you and you will all meet again.

  8. Having just been to see a few gravesites of family that has gone before us, I can sense the emotional tug you must have felt …even after so many years. Standing there… one just is thankful that there is more to life than the “here and now” … Wishing you a happy Memorial Day.

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