One of the traditions my family has always observed is grave decoration day, usually in early spring where we travel to the cemetary where my grandparents are buried and decorate their graves with flowers.
This year, my wife honored her late father on Memorial Day by decorating his grave with flowers.
George Bottom died in late 2003 of Lou Gehrig’s disease. His life was an inspiration to me and many others for the simple way he lived, with a mission only to serve God and others in all his actions. The Memorial Day tribute was fitting because he served in the Merchant Marines during World War II, traveling on ships carrying men and equipment to the Pacific Theater.
Dozens of graves in the cemetary just outside of Hammon were decorated in a similar fashion Monday, and all were adorned with a tiny American flag near the headstone. I was glad we came and that I got to share in this tradition with my wife. Thank you, Paula.
Business News reporter