Monday, May 30, 2011

Weekend Update: Honoring Fallen Heroes

For all my American readers, I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend. Mine was awesome but totally exhausting (thus the lack of blogging). We did manage to get in a pretty great session of Gurps Knights of the Astral Sea on Saturday night (the first in a couple of months) and I'll post an update when I get the write-up from one of my players. Otherwise, it was non-stop family stuff that included taking in Kung Fu Panda II (a hell of a lot of fun) as well as a strawberry festival at Sky Meadows State Park (one of my favorite places in the country).

Today, I took the family down to Arlington National Cemetery to visit the grave of my grandfather. He died about six years before the birth of my oldest son, so it makes me sad that he'll never be able to share stories of his exploits as a Marine Corps aviator during World War II, especially with my son's growing interest in history. But Finn (pictured below) was thrilled to be reminded that he shares a birthday with the old Leatherneck. 

It was a challenging outing due to the heat and the difficulty of locating the marker, but our efforts were rewarded with a surprise close-up encounter with the Presidential motorcade just as we began to head back. Pretty darn neat! 

Finn meets his great-grandfather

5 comments:

Trey said...

Sounds like a great way to spend Memorial Day. :)

christian said...

Excellent way to honor your grandfather. :)

Risus Monkey said...

Thanks, it was indeed.

m.s. jackson said...

I am glad that you are able to, and choose to, take your family to Arlington. So many Americans have no idea what going there is like, seeing row after row of crosses can be overwhelming. I know my first trip there I was taken back by the sheer sight of so many of them.
That you knew someone who was laid to rest there is even better.

Thanks to him and your family for their sacrifices. We can have such a great country to live in because of generations of people before us have believed and fought for our freedom.

Risus Monkey said...

@Matt: Amen! And yes, it is fortunate that we live so close. Most of my extended family reside in Michigan, which makes visits to the cemetery somewhat rare. Living only about 15 miles away, we make it at least once a year.

The actual ceremony when he was laid to rest was *intense*. It's an experience that I'll always remember.