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Did you know that cemeteries have dumps? They do. I know this because I like to walk, and I don’t stay on the sidewalk. You could call me a recreational trespasser, a two-footed all-terrain nosy parker. I don’t take anything but pictures.
The original Memorial Day proclamation, General Order No. 11, begins thusly:
The 30th day of May is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country…
On Memorial Day people make a show of honoring the dead fallen in war. All those little flags. All the lumps in all the throats of all earnest patriots. Our flag, still there, conspicuously displayed, serried rank on serried rank.
After all the strewing and otherwise decorating is done, and after a decent interval of course, all the flowers, flags, wreaths, and what-not end up in the cemetery dump as, and along with, trash.