As the pictures of my fellow graduate students roll upon my social media feed, I could not help but reflect on the past semester and the future. I still have one more semester to go till I graduate. I felt very proud of my fellow class mates as I saw them in their graduation gowns smiling back at the camera with my professors. I texted the ones whose numbers I had saved up in my phone and was a bit shocked and amazed by myself not to have numbers of those with whom I would sit with everyday and did not exchange phone numbers with. I added many on my social media and felt happy that at least they want to keep in touch with me after graduation.
As the graduation weekend turned into Memorial day weekend it announces the official start of summer. Our neighborhood pool is opened and my Saturday started with the sound of lawn mower in one of my neighborhood lawns. As the weekend progressed I could see people cleaning their cars, doing more yard work, kids running with skateboards and with smell of bar b q in the air. It looks like a traditional memorial day weekend; the stay-cation, at its best! As evening approached, sitting in front of T.V, I flipped channels, and decided to see some memorial day programs. The event was being held in Washington D.C. The even shed light in heart wrenching stories of Veterans who sacrificed their lives for US in Vietnam War. The stories of these war veterans were narrated by academy award winning actors like Sam Elliot and Danzel Washington, were heart wrenching as one could not help but shed tear with them. The stories helped remember the veterans ,that they would never forget the day when they lost their friends and family members in the war. The program also had many award winning performers like Patti Labelle whose voices and the song they sang consoled the hearts of every wet eye in the audience. The program truly reminded me of the significance and a the sacrifice of these solders, whose sacrifice and heroism helped this country sustain peace for the future generations. If you didn’t had a chance to see the concert you can see it here.
“We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”– James A. Garfield
May 30, 1868 Arlington National Cemetery