Monday, May 25, was a day of many emotions for me.
Like most people in Cody, Wyoming and around the country, I view Memorial Day weekend as the start of summer. Yes, I know there is close to a month to go until the solstice, but by then we will be in full summer mode complete with barbecues, rodeos, swimming, hiking, casting a fly and all of the other things we dream about in January.
This past holiday weekend saw me making a couple of slow loops through Cody on foot to look for old friends I had not seen for a while, to check out the latest summer fashions at my favorite shops and to make note of the improvements to our storefronts. Many business owners set the weekend as their deadline for new coats of paint, flowers, lights and any other projects they have in mind. In a great year I get lucky and Dan Miller has a new poster displayed at the theater of him and his Empty Saddles Band.
I then took some time to soak up the sun on a patio and enjoy lunch in the open air. The linksters were out in full force, so I made a side trip to one of our courses and watched the golfers swing away.
That’s what I did last Saturday and Sunday.
Monday afternoon was reserved to commemorate what Memorial Day is all about for me. Here in Cody we have the State of Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park. Located halfway between town and the airport, the park features monuments and memorials dedicated to the people of Wyoming killed during World War II, the Korean War and in Vietnam. The latest memorial at the park is dedicated to the men and women killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Cold War and other conflicts as well as those killed in peace-time service.
Even though Memorial Day’s origins date back to just after the Civil War ended – many years before Wyoming was a state – the day is an important reminder of the dedication and sacrifice our military personnel have made over the years.
The official event was held from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Monday and was an opportunity to honor family members and friends whose names are listed on one of the various memorials. Because this is a small town, those names are familiar to me. My relatives who fought in various wars all returned home, and I honor their memories, too.
Even though Memorial Day 2015 is behind us, I encourage visitors to check out our war memorial.
Until next week, I am lovin’ life – and honoring those who helped make it possible – in Cody, Wyo.