I’m pretty sure I’ve never welcomed in Memorial Day in a more appropriate manner.
My dear wife Karen told me our great friend Michelle had a big plan for late Sunday afternoon into evening. Her former colleague Dino was celebrating his 70th birthday with a barbecue and dozens of amigos at the New York State Fairgrounds.
We know Dino. Everybody in Syracuse knows Dino. He’s been a fixture standing guard at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for decades, a big man keeping the peace in the restaurant and bar.
And the birthday party was part of something big and grand and close to Dino’s heart. It was the 20th year for the Memorial Day Weekend Watchfire presented by the Syracuse Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association.
So our tent village was in the midst of thousands of folks gathered for the serious ceremony.
I wrote about what the night meant to me in my weekly Mark It Up column for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org. You can read the piece by clicking the link below.
Here’s a photo gallery.
Click on a photo for a description. Click on the bottom right photo to start an enlarged slide show.
I hope this helps you honor the memory of those that served the United States of America. For those of you reading in other places of the world, today is our to pay tribute to those who gave in service through history, and still today. Of course those lives sacrificed had a ripple effect to where you are reading this today. So I in turn nod my head to your country people who have given of themselves for your land.
And here’s a video shot by Karen, who was standing alongside me for the goosebump-inducing ceremony.
If there are particular people in your life you are paying tribute to today, please honor them with a comment below.