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Memorial Day is Monday, May 30th. Many of us will be enjoying the weekend with a brat or burger and spending time with friends and family over the grill. The cookouts and great food, along with the time with family and friends are part of what makes the Memorial Day weekend special.
The other part, of course, is about honoring this nation’s fallen heroes. We are able to live in the greatest country on earth because of these heroic men and women. From the early battlefields of the Revolutionary War, to the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, countless men and women have laid down their lives to protect our freedoms. All have their own stories. They were mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, granddaughter and grandson, friends and co-workers. While their stories may have been cut short on the fields of battle, the legacy they leave behind serves as an eternal tribute to them.
As you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, take some time to drive through a local cemetery. In these sacred grounds, you will see the final resting places of our American heroes. You won’t have to look hard, simply keep an eye out for the American Flags that mark the spot. These flags are placed in tribute to speak what words alone cannot. In that sacred space, you will also be a witness to their stories. Stories of loved ones no longer with us, but heroes whose stories will continue to speak to us so long as we keep their memory alive.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.” ~ Thomas Campbell ~
This year and every year, Cress is humbled and honored to memorialize and care for Veterans and their families. Their stories speak to us and move us. We are forever thankful to them for their unique sacrifices.
The Cress Family and Staff Written by, Justin Panske Cress Funeral Director and Certified Celebrant