Day 543: This 'n' That...
Monday, May 26, 2014
The house I'm living in is across from a high school. It's sunny today (this is shortly after 10 AM, and things can change rapidly here, weather-wise) with temps in the mid-sixties and expected to rise by a good eight degrees or more.
The school band is across the street, gathered around the flag and warming up for the parade that starts in another hour or so. Himself is over there taking pictures - one of those uniquely American events he's never had the opportunity to see first-hand. It ranks as a Kodak moment.
In Britain, they hold the big event in November, for Armistice Day - they call it Remembrance Day. I've written of it before.
We honor our veterans, especially those who died, on Memorial Day rather than in November. No matter how small the town, there always seems to be an observance, even if it's just a small ceremony with the American Legion or VFW laying a wreath at the local cemetery.
In Britain, their solemn graveside bugle 'call' is The Last Post. Here, of course, we play Taps.
The differences in our two cultures is an unending source of interest to me. Watching "John Adams" the other night, I listened as one of the characters referred to the overwhelming influence England had on the development of Americans and their government, with some elements being essentially the same and others being distinctly different, influence not always consisting of imitation.
Ah well. The parade may start at 10:30 as they seem to be getting themselves sorted over there. Perhaps I'll post photos later, though I daresay the pictures will look very much like those you can see on almost any American main street today.
Meanwhile, I'm going to go get my little flag so I can wave as they go past. Have a good 'un, Sparklers - carpe diem!