Remembering Loved Ones on Memorial Day

By: Anna Smithson Email
By: Anna Smithson Email

Memorial Day weekend is a busy time for lakes and pools, but it's also the time when we remember and recognize those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Memorial Day came about in 1865 when a druggist from Waterloo, New York suggested honoring those killed in the Civil War by decorating their graves, much like we do today.

Memorial Day in one South Central Kentucky widow's eyes is a time to come and reminisce about old times and the love she shared with her late husband.

"It's just something I wanna do", says Delores Hilliard.

Delores Hilliard says she uses Memorial Day as a day to come and fill her mind with all the lovely memories of her husband who served in the Korean War.

"I think it's a good day to think of the time you spent in the service with your loved one and the things you went through with them. ...when we were married, some of the things that happened in our lives that was important to me, marrying the children, the years we spent and the old friends we had together", says Hilliard.

She says her heart goes out to the families who are dealing with the war we're in today.

"Now that we are in this war, I think it's important that we remember what they have done for us now and in the past", says Hilliard.

Delores says she has noticed that people reserve Memorial Day to visit all those who have been laid to rest even if they did not serve in our armed forces.

"I think of Memorial Day as remembering of people who have passed away", says Hilliard.

She says on Sunday she just came to remember all the times they shared together and on Monday will bring flowers.

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