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:Memorial Day is a holiday and there will be cook-outs. Remember the term cook-outs? Now, its barbeques thanks to Home Depot. 

Memorial Day is a holiday and there will be cook-outs. Remember the term cook-outs? Now, its barbeques thanks to Home Depot. 

Today, we remember those women and men who have served and fought for the freedoms we have now. Towns and cities throughout America have parades, ceremonies, and remembrances. Here in Southampton, we are blessed with an outstanding Annual Memorial Day Parade, Center Cemetery activities, and more parade, with a most wonderful center of Town, yes, we do have a Town Center, tightly formed around a sacred triangle with memorial stone and benches, and a flag pole bearing our country’s colors.

I have witnessed for years and years, tireless efforts by our Southampton Robert Seher, watering, cultivating, and attending to the plants that decorate our sacred triangle. Often music comes from his parked truck, while he gives…and does he ever give!…for all our benefit as we whiz by in our vehicles or on our bikes. Thank you, Mr. Seher. I so admire you!

Our mothers and fathers, true military heroes, gave up their future so we can be safe in ours. Our preachers lead in our religions, yet it was the veterans who have gifted us Freedom of Religion. Our reporters present us the news, yet it is the veterans who gifted us Freedom of the Press. Our poets open our ears to wonders of expression, yet it is the veterans who gifted us Freedom of Speech. Our campus organizers have stood up to injustices, yet it is our veterans who have gifted us the Freedom to Assemble. Our lawyers defend whomever, yet it is our veterans who have gifted us Freedom to a Fair Trial. Our politicians spend money for our vote, yet it is our veterans who gifted us the Freedom to Vote. Our flag ceremonies, tomorrow, will give us all pause, yet it will be our veterans who will snap to attention and salute our flying colors.

Today, we assemble to pay direct respect to our Southampton brethren who have served through the centuries. Some of us will mourn loved ones who may not have directly served yet are dear to our hearts. And a few will be unable to stand over their parents’ veterans grave due to their loyalties and responsibilities to support our Southampton Annual Memorial Day Parade. We all have choices. That is our right. 

__Robert Floyd, the photographer

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