“I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.”
Benjamin Harrison (American, 23rd President of the United States [1889–1893]. 1833–1901)
TIME: 7:13 PM
PLACE: Walnut Hill Cemetery
SUBJECT: Penny on tombstone
There are many reasons for leaving a penny on a tombstone…one of them is as a token of thanks. There were many pennies on the tombstones of soldiers that surrounded the Civil War monument in the cemetery.
Today would have been Mom’s 70th birthday. I also visited her grave this evening - I forgot the forks though.