Hundreds attended the first Memorial Day service, but for some like Omaha's Darci Larson, the place to pay her respects was on a hill where her grandfather and grandmother were buried at the Omaha National Cemetery on May 29, 2017. Lavon Earnest died in 1983 and was buried in San Antonio, but when his wife Doris Earnest heard about the plans to build a cemetery in Omaha, she arranged to have them both buried there (Doris died in 2014). LaVon Earnest served in the Army in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. MATT MILLER/THE WORLD-HERALD 📸@mattmillerphoto #MemorialDay#WWII#Korea#Vietnam#Army
While today is to honor the soldiers who gave the greatest sacrifice for our country in the line of duty, I can't help but think of all the generations of men in my family who served our country and were fortunate enough to return home.
Grandview Cemetery is the resting place of several of my family members who served in the military including my dad. He survived the Vietnam war but unfortunately still lived too short of a life... dying in a farming accident when I was a kid.
I'll never tire of seeing the rows of hundreds of flags at the cemetery on Memorial Day. This photo is a reminder that there is always a reason to be thankful and to celebrate.
The flags represent all the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our country. Thank you!
And the cross in the middle, well that is the reason for a great celebration every day. Because Jesus sacrificed his own life, I know we will be all be reunited again. It's the reason I know I will see my favorite Vietnam veteran again one day!
Saw this lone newspaper excerpt on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington. It made the monument very real at that moment. For every name on that wall there is a story and a person who gave all for their love of country. #briantierney was one of those people. Thank you sir, for your service and your sacrifice. #gonebutnotforgotten#rip#Vietnam#USArmy#memorialday