Joanne and I were were in New York visiting our grandchildren over Memorial Day weekend. While we were gone, Republican Grove UMC continued their Memorial Day tradition.
After the morning service the members of Republican Grove UMC go to the church cemetery and place an American flag at the grave of each member who served in the military.
The flags that were placed on the graves the previous year for Memorial Day are gathered. The old flags are then taken to the National Gaurd unit for proper disposal. There is a ceremony that is conducted before the flags are destroyed. It is a ceremony that shows respect and honor to the flags.
It is a moment that will bring tears to your eyes as the church remembers those who served to assure them the freedom to gather and worship in peace and freedom.