Prompts and Challenges

Riverside National Cemetery
May 27, 2017

Whose bright idea was it to wake up at 4 am on a weekend morning to then drive three and a half hours on one of the only days I get to sleep late? Somebody (no names, please) had the great idea to volunteer to place flags on the grave sites of veterans for Memorial Day. Now normally I would be very supportive. But the closest military cemetery was in Riverside California, as I said, three and a half hours away. We were going to leave the night before and stay at our friend’s place, which is only about a 40 minute drive from the cemetery. That way, we could get up at 7 and still be there by 8 am. But, at the last minute, that idea was dismissed. So, we awoke at 4, but were unable to leave until almost 5 (you know how women are)! And Lynn, who had been to this particular cemetery many times before, took the wrong turn twice. So we got there at 9 am. But we got there. And one of the simple pleasures was being able to spend time with family and friends who volunteered on such a beautiful morning. We have all pledged to do it again for Veterans Day. And I would suggest that others look into doing the same in their own community.

It just feels good!

Riverside National Cemetery
May 27, 2017

I did not plan on making this post all about me. Those we honored sacrificed more than I can ever imagine. And we are all thankful for their service. Every day, in the smallest of ways, we are thankful! They gave their lives so that we could enjoy the liberties we have at home.

And we celebrate the memory of their lives in simple things.



  1. You are such a good egg Emilio (no pun intended I know you are a vegetarian). I think it must have been a great feeling after you got done. Great images by the way 😀


  2. Very very nice Emilio! I bet your wife loves you even more because you do those little things for her and support her too 😊


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