Sunday, May 26, 2019

Cleaning Up The Graves Of Fallen Soldiers







So when we were in Ohio, Tom wanted to be sure he visited his Dad.





When we got to the cemetery, we were shocked at the state of some graves. Grass was overgrown so you couldn't even see whose stone it was.





We couldn't believe it. This was the Veterans part of the cemetery, so it didn't make sense that graves weren't being properly maintained.


So we got to work. Everyone began pulling away grass and wiping down the graves.





My daughter didn't understand why names were covered.


"These people matter," she said. If she knows that, I'm not understanding why the maintainers of the cemetery does not. The people buried there helped give them their freedom to even HAVE a cemetery to run. Shame on them for not treating the graves with respect.




If you're wondering what you can do to show respect to our fallen soldiers, I suggest going to cemeteries and cleaning up graves.


Remember why you have off on Memorial Day. It is not just about going to beaches or grilling out. It's about the soldiers who are no longer with us who gave us our freedom.





Remember.



57 comments:

  1. This is a great activity to show and learn about respect and caring for others in a unique way

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  2. Never as at this time of year is it important to remember who has fallen for our freedom, our soldiers, our loved ones ...

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  3. This is so touching! Cleaning up the graves of our fallen soldiers is something that really resonates with me as someone with a large amount of Military members in my family.

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  4. I love, love, love that you guys did this. There are way too many neglected cemeteries around here and it makes me sad.

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  5. What a wonderful idea! I never thought about doing something like that but I think I will. Today is memorial day and I think it's a wonderful day to do it.

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  6. This is lovely, what a wonderful idea. I'm thinking about my fallen great uncle today and I know the rest of my family is as well.

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  7. That's a shame that the graves have been overlooked, especially those of fallen soldiers. My dad visits my mom's grave every single day and he cleans up around other graves as well. I give to a fund that helps keep the cemetery looking good.

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  8. WOW is all I can say, way to teach your children to not just respect but to also remember those who have fallen to protect and help provide the freedom that we all have.

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  9. That is such a nice thing to do. I remember the soldiers and the reason for the holiday but never seen people doing something as nice as this. Great job

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  10. What a lovely thing for you all to do. These people do matter but as time goes on, history is often forgotten. Vicky

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  11. It is a great exercise to help everyone (especially) the younger generation remember what the world was like and what needed to happen for a change to come about. A huge amount of things took place in the 1960s and 1970s which is less than 100 years ago.

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  12. Isn't this just so tuching? Hail to the fallen soldiers and it was so thoughtful of you all to visit and clean up the grave. You're al' amazing!

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  13. This really shameful act that the cemetery are not being taken proper care off. that work done by you , respect you for it

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  14. You are teaching your children so much about respect and acts of kindness. The fact that you all rolled up your sleeves to take on the job of cleaning the graves shows how much you all care.

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  15. The least one can do to remember the heroes is to remember them and thank them for what we are today. So nice of you to clean the graves of the veterans. Everyone needs to chip in with whatever they can.

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  16. What a nice gesture. Come to think of it, this is just a small way of giving back to those soldiers.

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  17. That is so kind of you. Such a great way to teach your kids respect for the fallen too.

    -Lynndee

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  18. It breaks my heart when people mistreat graves or don't show respect. Boy, it gets my blood boiling. I've even caught kids in the act.

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  19. This is such an amazing thing you did. I'm glad others understand the magnitude of the "holiday" and choose to use it wisely.

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  20. What a wonderful thing you've taught your kids. I love that. You are right, we wouldn't have trips to the beach, or BBQs if someone didn't die for those freedoms we enjoy. Proper respect should be paid.

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  21. It makes me sad when someone don't respect graves. But it makes me happy there are still people like you who treat them right.

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  22. This is a great reminder to what the holiday is about. We often get so caught up in our own lives we forget to take a moment and appreciate what we are supposed to be celebrating and remembering,

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  23. You guys did such a great job. It is sad to see those graves being abandoned especially the ones of fallen soldiers that fought for the well-being of a country.

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  24. This is such a kind gesture. Thank you for doing this on your Memorial Day.

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  25. May we always be a grateful nation and never forget to show it. And may you and I remember that we must show our gratitude with our own lives well-lived!

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  26. I think what you did is the best memorial for Memorial Day. That is so touching!

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  27. That is so amazing that you did this with your daughter at such an early age. It's a great reminder and we should be respectful of those who have fallen for our freedoms.

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  28. Good on you for doing this and also teaching your kids respect. It's so sad that the cemetery maintenance allowed the graves to get in such a state. But luckily there are still people like you and your family around.

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  29. What a shame. Around here, the town is responsible for the old cemeteries. Some of them are hundreds of years old and no one would keep up with them if the town didn’t.

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  30. I remember we did a very similar things back in Russia for the graves of our relatives every spring.
    Very touching to see!

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  31. This makes me feel very sad because I know my parents' grave might be overgrown and I have not visited it in a long time. I have to make time to make the trip soon

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  32. The sacrifice some people have to make to keep our country safe is honorable. Thank you for writing about this.

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  33. This is such a lovely thing to do! I'm sure their families would be grateful. Way to go, mama!

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  34. Oh bless you all what an amazing things to have done. Thank you for looking out for those graves.

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  35. This is such a beautiful gesture! Thank you for doing this.

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  36. My husband is a vet, so every year we take our kids and go to the national cemetery to place flags on the graves of the fallen.

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  37. This is such a sweet gesture and so touching. Thank you so much for writing about this and sharing with all of us.

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  38. What a fantastic act of kindness you did here and to have done it with your daughter is simply amazing. You have taught her compassion, care and above all love.

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  39. What a good deed! We need to show them this traits as early as now.

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  40. You did a great job with cleaning up graves and especially with your kids that they undestand how important are these fallen soldiers to us, all! Thank you!

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  41. That is actually pretty sad. Probably those fallen solders have no families left to come and clean their graves. Shame that the city hall doesn't do it.

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  42. Wow...you did an amazing job...it is much inspiring for everyone especially for the younger generation....Thanks a lot for reminding us of these fallen soldiers they have did lots for our better lives... (World in Eyes)

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  43. This was so kind and sweet of you. Thank you x

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  44. This is such a wonderful idea for Memorial Day! A great way to teach your children and honor the soldiers as well!!!

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  45. I love that you guys did this. It's wonderful that your daughter already has an understanding about what Memorial Day really is about.

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  46. That was a wonderful thing to do! It is always sad to see when cemeteries are neglected.

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  47. I'm proud that there are still people who care about our veterans. Thank you for doing this and being an example for others!

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  48. What a sweet (and also somewhat heartbreaking) thing to do, thank you so much for doing this and showing such kindness!

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  49. I'm so sad to hear how the cemeteries have been neglected. Thank you for doing your bit to keep them clean and for encouraging others to do the same.

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  50. It is great to remember. Speaking of grave maintenance, it is best that you make a special arrangement with a gardener nearby (if possible).

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  51. Love this idea and I like that it's something that families with any age kids can do together.

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  52. Yes we need to remember those who gave ultimate sacrifice for the country. They should take care of those fallen soldiers graves.

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  53. I love that you did this with your family. It not only shows a great deal of patriotism, but it is a total parenting win on your part. The fact that you and your family cared enough to take time out of your day to do that with no complains is amazing. Can you imagine if all Americans stepped up this way?

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  54. This is sad. Although you have already cleaned the grave, I think you also need to call the attention of those in-charge with the maintenance

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  55. This is such a wonderful idea to get kids involved.

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  56. Love to see what you did with your family. It is very important for each one of us to remember the sacrifices of those people for our freedom. But I guess everything has been lost in the shallow streams of materialism these days!

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