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Happy Memorial Day! May 27, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, People.

Memorial Day weekend always reminds me of Countryside Swim & Tennis Club because that’s when the pool would be filled with F~R~I~G~I~D ice water and kids with no sense would race to the edge and jump in, bobbing around until they turned blue!

But it also reminds me of the Memorial Day parade to the local Revolutionary War cemetery for a graveside service.

The parade included Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Brownies, the elementary school band, the fife and drum corps (dressed in Revolutionary War garb), military veterans, volunteer firefighters, the town’s First Aid Squad, and local dignitaries.

Freedom.  It’s a good thing!

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. David Davis - May 27, 2019

That water feels cold just sitting here.

nrhatch - May 27, 2019

Teeth-chattering cold!
Brisk as the North Atlantic!

Perfect for chilling watermelons!

2. Rivergirl - May 27, 2019

It is definitely a good thing…
Hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend!

nrhatch - May 27, 2019

Thanks! Other than dealing with 10x the normal volume of beach traffic, it’s been quite relaxing.


3. Tippy Gnu - May 27, 2019

Sounds like you’re going over old memories on Memorial Day. Good idea. I think I’ll spend the rest of the day musing over old memories, while relaxing in an easy chair.

nrhatch - May 27, 2019

We watched the National Memorial Day Concert (taped last night) on PBS. Very moving . . . in both positive and negative ways.

Enjoy that easy chair!

4. Jill Weatherholt - May 27, 2019

Freedom is a great thing! Thank you to all those who served or are serving our great country. Let freedom ring!

nrhatch - May 27, 2019

My heart is full of gratitude for their sacrifices.

5. Debra - May 27, 2019

The cemeteries are all decorated, but I’d love to witness a Memorial Day parade. I haven’t been aware of a one! When I was a child there were more visible reminders of the significance of the day, but with or without the “cues,” I find the day very meaningful. I, too, feel a strong sense of gratitude.

nrhatch - May 28, 2019

We lived in a small town with one parade a year ~> on Memorial Day. The Veterans Float allowed those who had served to “ride in style” to the graveside service. About 10 years ago, Dad hopped aboard the float for the first time. For years, he had marched ~ as a Scout leader (and veteran). Mom marched as a Scout leader and later as a First Aid Squad responder.

And now I’m wondering if the tradition continues?

nrhatch - May 28, 2019

Yup! Lots of parades in NJ, including my home town:


nrhatch - May 28, 2019

May 27 – Monday – 10:30 a.m. – MEMORIAL DAY PARADE – The Township joins with the Colts Neck Business Association and the Colts Neck Sports Foundation for this memorable event, which begins at Town Hall, proceeds down Heritage Way to Heyers Mill Road for a brief stop at Memorial Park and cemetary, then on to Fire House #2 for the Memorial Day Program which includes live patriotic music.

All are urged to line Heyers Mill Road from Heritage Way to Conover Road to honor our Veterans, view marching bands, rescue and military equipment, community organizations, Scouts, antique and exotic cars and much, much more.

All veterans will be presented with a remembrance at the ceremony. All attendees are invited to the traditional picnic celebration (complementary hot dogs and soft drinks) at Fire House # 2. A great way to begin the day, meet your neighbors, and salute those who gave so much in service to this Country.

6. L. Marie - May 28, 2019

I’m grateful for those who served too (like my dad and uncles). Hope you had a great Memorial Day.

nrhatch - May 28, 2019

Service requires many sacrifices. Let’s hope that moving forward they are sacrifices for all the RIGHT reasons . . .

It’s not quite so noble if we are just tilting at windmills.

7. Behind the Story - May 29, 2019

My first swim when I was growing up was when swimming lessons started at Clear Lake. I think it was the first week of June, and yes, it was really cold.

We always took flowers to the cemetery a day or two before Memorial Day. My sister and I still keep up the practice.

nrhatch - May 29, 2019

You swam at Clear Lake . . . we swam at Deer Lake! We also rowed boats, picnicked, and hiked around the lake’s perimeter.

There’s a cemetery on the Italian Coast that is short on space. All untended graves are re-assigned to new owners.

8. roughwighting - June 4, 2019

What memories. As a teen I worked as a lifeguard at a nearby swim club, and sure enough, it opened on Memorial Day weekend, and that water was ice cold. Brrrrr. I love that your NJ town (and many) still hold Memorial Day parades. My old hometown in Southern NJ is more known for its 4th of July parade, and each of these small town parades celebrate the freedom our country stands for, and the gratefulness to those who serve for our country.

nrhatch - June 4, 2019

Haddonfield NJ celebrates with a 4th of July parade ~ complete with tiny tykes on trikes and tinier tots toted around in wagons festooned with red, white, and blue.

I just read something “chilling” about a group of swimmers in the Orkney Isles who swim EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR!!! They call themselves Polar Bears. Brrrr-isk!

roughwighting - June 5, 2019

Haddonfield is a great little town (well, it was little when I lived in S. NJ …) I would gladly be a Polar Bear daily swimmer — if I lived in Kauai. xo

nrhatch - June 5, 2019

Haha! I might join you . . . but in Hawaii we can be Mermaids!

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