My father was a loyal American & I do not think he ever for one minute felt but what it was his duty to serve it. I remember he talked with scorn about the young men who did not want to serve & bot their way free by paying someone to serve in his place. It used to be a common thing in those days. He was proud of his service for his country and as long as he was able insisted on marching to the cemetery on Memorial day & carrying the flag. He carried flowers for the many soldiers graves not only to our big cemetery but to the many outlying, small cemeteries & he also took flags along for them. As he grew older he found it better to visit the outside graves the day before. We always met with the wives & others interested in preparing the boquets & making them enough to go for each grave. Later years they gave up decorating each grave except for a flag & father was the only one who knew where they all were so he did it & later years took a Legion Vet. around to show them how and where.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Memorial Day Tradition
From a letter written by Tamerson Carlisle Binns. She was talking about my great-grandfather, Isaac Ashley Carlisle.