This morning we drove downtown to visit the Pioneer and Veteran’s Cemetery and leave flowers. Part of the original Memorial Day Order, designating May 30, 1868, “for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion…”
Just off 12th Avenue and Jefferson Street in downtown Phoenix is an old cemetery, mostly hard dirt and markers lined with smooth stones
We had three artificial flowers and one small American flag.
The community had a program at 9AM and the volunteers were just locking up to go home. They were kind enough to stay and show us around, we could see it was a long day for them but this is the sort of thing dedicated people do in the background of every community, making the world a nicer place with their actions.
Now we know where to go in Phoenix and what to do. Thank you to the volunteers at the Pioneers Cemetery Association. It was good to spend some time with you today. We’ll be back.
5 Things to do on Memorial Day
1. Be Traditional — decorate the grave of a soldier
3. Be Generous — donate to a Veteran related cause like Warrior Writers, Wounded Warrior Project, Special Operations Warrior Foundation or Vietnam Veteran’s of America Donation Pick up to name a few. Charity Navigator will help you find a charity that uses it’s donations the best.
4. Be Celebratory — to to a parade or a Veteran’s event, google your community to learn more
5. Be Proud — Fly the flag, following flag etiquette