Memorial Day. In the mountains where I grew up, this day was referred to as “decoration day.” The burial places of family and friends were visited and flowers usually placed on the graves. Those who had worn the uniform of service to their country were remembered in a special way with a tiny American flag placed on their head stone.
Remembering, decorating, paying respect; important things to do on this day.
But as much as we recall the deeds and the sacrifices of those who have gone before us., and the quality of our lives they sought to improve, it is worth a moments thought to recognize those who labor tirelessly each day to improve the lives of our children.
Of the many I could mention, this day I will salute America’s teachers. Overworked, underpaid and often with inadequate resources, they march on, day after day, encouraging young minds to think and instilling the values that make us proud to reflect on what Memorial Day is all about.
Today, my teachers, I remember you.