Cemetery visitors quietly pay respects

Unusual twist on Memorial Day offering

I visited Willamette National Cemetery with my family this Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend, joining the quiet throng of people who came to tend to the graves and pay their respects to their family members buried here.

After visiting my parents' marker, I wandered some, reading the stones, noting each age and branch of service and conflict. U.S. flags placed at each stone fluttered in the warm breeze.

People had left flowers at some of the graves, as simple as rhodies from the yard and as elaborate as florist arrangements.

It was quite a surprise to come across a different token of respect: a pack of cigarettes and a small bottle of whiskey carefully placed at the grave of a Merchant Marine World War II vet who died at age 81+. It brought a chuckle to me, and you've got to think the departed would find it amusing.

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nancy says ... on Monday, Aug 22 at 10:47 AM

I have to say i loved your posting......whoever left this offering is a person after my own heart. God bless em for remembering how they really 'were'....

lee98632 says ... on Monday, May 30 at 11:07 AM

Thank you for sharing, we often forget, that many men and women who have served miss things that we take for Granted...Like a Hershey Bar... those kinds of things melt in the desert heat.

MRS.jACoB says ... on Friday, Aug 28 at 3:36 PM


Ryan says ... on Sunday, May 31 at 6:48 PM

Very cool, love it!

Maxtor Man says ... on Tuesday, May 26 at 9:32 PM

I planted an extra U.S. Flag at my relative's grave, a WWII Veteran. He has the distinction of having two U.S. Flags on his grave now. What a brave man he was!

Joe says ... on Tuesday, May 26 at 5:38 PM

Very common.

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