Monday, May 30, 2011

We used to call it Decoration Day–the day we decorated graves

irvin flora

I really miss my parents' "Decoration Day" pilgrimage to the family graves at Ball Hill and Deer Creek with coffee cans wrapped in aluminum foil and filled with peonies.

My cousin Eric and his wife Carol, who live in Greenville, Ohio, made a Memorial Day weekend visit to the Ball Hill Cemetery in rural Carroll County where our grandparents are buried.

They planted the bright red geraniums in front of Irvin and Bertha Flora’s gravestone, and also at the nearby grave markers of our Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary .

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