Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Cookouts, picnics, sales in stores. The start of the summer season! Memorial Day brings friends and families together for happy times. There is a somber side to it too, remembering those who “gave all” while in service to our country. This article first appeared in May 2016 in, and is reprinted here with permission of the author. 

We know that Memorial Day is about remembering those who died in war, but there is an overlap that casts recognition on living veterans too. In that, the holiday doubles as an echo of Veterans Day, with friends often saying to veterans they know, “Thank you for your service.” At church on the first Memorial Day after our return from Peace Corps, Stormy and I heard the minister ask for “those who have served our country” to stand up and be recognized. Starting to rise, thinking of my time in the Air Force, I had a second thought on “serving our country” and encouraged Stormy to stand with me. Seeing her, the minister rephrased, “served our country for our freedom and for peace.”

Peace Corps LogoOver 300 Peace Corps volunteers have died in service, of the more than 200,000 who have served. Like in the armed services, there have been all kinds of causes for these deaths, from violence and deadly diseases to traffic accidents and just running out of time. There is a memorial at the Peace Corps Headquarters in DC to those who have lost their lives in Peace Corps service, names etched on black stone as if to reflect “The Wall” (The Vietnam Veterans Memorial) located not far away. There are lists and a number of touching remembrances online at the Fallen Peace Corps Volunteers Memorial Project.

I was in London once a few Novembers ago, on 11/11 specifically, when at 11:00 AM the city came to a stop for a moment of silence. It was impressive, though for only a minute as pedestrians, at least a noticeable number of them, stopped where they were and bowed their heads. Public ceremonies on Armistice Day, observed also in the US although morphed into our Veterans Day, were occasions of solemn remembrance for those who lost their lives in war. Initially it was for the Great War, “the war to end all wars.” Now of course we call that one WWI and we had to start numbering them, since as a species we have proven relentless in adding wars to the list. Our American Memorial Day goes back a bit farther, dating to the U.S. Civil War, when relatives would decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers. The distinction between the two holidays, one commemorating the dead and the other about honoring the sacrifices of the living, has become a little blurred. In any event, though, they both seem more respectfully observed than when our soldiers were coming back from Vietnam in the sixties. Still, though, the point of Memorial Day is honoring those who died in service.

A poem comes to mind. It is called “For the Fallen” and it was written in 1917 by Laurence Binyon. The most famous stanza, which I have seen inscribed on plaques and tablets in monuments, churches, and cemeteries all around the world, is this one:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.

When I first came across that verse, on a brass plaque years ago while visiting the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, it struck me hard, right in my memory muscle and made it ache. The faces of friends and classmates, pilot training buddies, some as close as brothers, flashed through my mind. They shall grow not old. The thought took my breath away. They were all young when I knew them, and those images would never change for me or for anyone else who knew them.

I wrote the lines down and kept them in my wallet. I learned some time later (after all knowledge had been scooped and plated by Google) that throughout much of the British Commonwealth, at memorial services, the verse is often recited by a minister or civil officiant and the final line, “We will remember them” is repeated by the audience in response.

The carillon at the Air Force Academy Cemetery has a song in its repertoire based on Binyon’s poem. It was played at the dedication ceremony when the bells were installed a few years ago, and it fits the Memorial Day theme. The words are below, starting with the well-known verse, and if you want to hear it on the bells you can listen here: We Will Remember Them.

We Will Remember Them

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.

All the fields of strife, they have left behind.
We’re bound to follow them, and until we do,
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them.

As the stars shall be bright when we are dust,
Soaring in echelon above the heav’nly plain,
As the stars that shall shine in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Bonds of soul and steel, forged in flames of youth
Hold even stronger now, as we fall in line.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
We will remember them. We will remember them.

Memorial Day. Cookouts, picnics, sales in stores. But yes, in a quiet moment, a thought for those who have died while serving our country “for our freedom and for peace.” We will remember them.

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Here Are the Locations for Garage Sale Weekend

Here Are the Locations for Garage Sale Weekend

Southern Gables, Valley View, and Parkwest Ridge Community Garage Sale Weekend will be Friday May 19 and Saturday May 20. Both the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association and the Parkwest Ridge HOA will be promoting the neighborhood sale for all of Southern Gables and Parkwest Ridge together. 


… with addresses and any special categories of what they will be selling. This is a coordinated event with Southern Gables and Valley View: Between Garrison and Wadsworth, from Jewell Ave. down to Morrison Road, and Parkwest Ridge (west of Garrison, entrance from W. Jewell Place or W. Baltic Ave.


… for a link to a sale locator map that you can use on your phone. CLICK HERE.

You will also be able to pick up a paper copy at 8823 W Asbury Ave,

OR download & print a copy yourself HERE.


Here are some things to consider in getting ready for a successful sale.

Gather and sort items: Go through your home and gather items you no longer need or want. Sort them into categories such as clothing, electronics, household items, toys, etc. Clean and organize the items to make them more appealing to buyers.

Assign prices to each item based on their condition, age, and original value. Use stickers or tags to clearly mark the prices. Consider pricing items a little higher than your desired selling price to allow room for negotiation. Garage sale shoppers love to haggle, at least a little bit and sometimes “just for show.”

Organize your display: Set up a well-organized and visually appealing display. Arrange items in categories. Use tables, racks, and shelves to display items at different heights and create an inviting shopping experience. Group similar items together to make browsing easier for buyers.

Organize your supplies: Make sure you have things to run the sale as a business, such as tables, chairs, clothing racks, price stickers, tags, bags or boxes for purchased items, and cash to make change.

Create a welcoming atmosphere: Greet customers with a smile and be ready to answer any questions they may have. Be flexible with negotiations, but also know your bottom line for each item.

Stay organized during the sale: Consider track of sales by using a spreadsheet, notepad, or a mobile app. Record the items sold and the prices. This will help you calculate your total sales at the end of the day.

End of the sale: You might have to offer discounts toward the end of the day to encourage last-minute sales. AFter all, you’ve already decided these are things you’re better off without. Donate any unsold items to charity or make arrangements for their removal.

Remember, successful garage sales require a well-organized display, fair pricing, and friendly customer service. By following these steps, you’ll be well-prepared for a successful and enjoyable garage sale.


We expect sale hours to be 8:00 to as late as 5:00, but sellers may vary their hours.

We hope to have lots of sellers and shoppers, friendly interaction, great deals, and lots of fun!


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2023 Annual Meeting – and how ’bout those Scouts?

2023 Annual Meeting – Tuesday May 2

We will start off with a free taco bar sponsored by Sustainable Southern Gables at 6:30, and the annual meeting of the Southern Gables Neighborhood Association will begin at 7:00 PM. Location: Green Gables Elementary School.

Mayor Paul will speak, there will be a special presentation by Sustainable, and we will report on the past year’s neighborhood activities and coming events. Nominations will be taken and election of Association Board officers will be conducted. Members of the Association you will have a vote, one per household. Non-members can attend the meeting as well, to learn about what’s coming in the next year with the Southern Gables neighborhood. If you want to join us as a member and haven’t yet paid the voluntary Association dues, you can do so at the meeting and have a vote.

A link to the meeting minutes will be posted as a comment to this post.

In other news…

How About Those Boy Scouts?

The Boy Scouts of Troop 527 did a great job for the Association in filling our familiar green tote bags with the promotional items, brochures, discount coupons and information from our Business Supporters. They gathered our materials, sorted them and set up an assembly line at the church hall where they meet, and put it all together. There were some Cub Scouts that stopped in to help for a bit, and the Scout leaders played a big part by demonstrating the principle of “Leadership by example.” Then, using a detailed map so that no one would be missed, they sent crews out to cover the neighborhood’s 9 miles of streets and lots of running up and down sidewalks and steps with youthful energy.

If you live in Southern Gables and didn’t get a tote bag for some reason (maybe a rabbit nabbed it!) let us know with an email to [email protected]

Thanks, Scouts!

And thanks to our Local Business Supporters. Many of them will have booths with games and prizes on our Neighborhood Night Out on August 25. More on that later!

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