If you have never attended this ceremony, it really is something to behold. I usually bring my kids, who are awed by the whole thing. Being young boys, they have now reached the age where curiosity about the history of such things as World War II has taken hold, and to witness this testimony to the sacrifice and honor of those who fought in our nation's great battles, some of whom are actually in attendance and participating in the ceremony, is pretty powerful for them. As it is for all who attend. People need to know, and remember.
Which really is the purpose of Memorial Day. In a world that is often filled with so much humbug and inauthenticity, here is an occasion where it is all laid out, and in the most unmistakable of terms. America's freedoms were threatened by hostile foreign powers, its citizen soldiers answered the call to defend their country, and some fell in battle doing so. Giving their lives so that we can continue to live ours as a free people in a great land. The clear honesty of what you will see tomorrow becomes both breathtaking and undeniable. Here you both honor and become a part of who we are as a people.
Mayor MaryAnn MacGillivray will be delivering the keynote address, which is becoming something of a welcome tradition at the VFW's Memorial Day ceremonies. I can't think of anyone who does a better job.
Sierra Madre's historic Pioneer Cemetery is located at 553 E Sierra Madre Boulevard. Hope to see you there.