On Sunday, there was a memorial service at the Orthodox Church. The Orthodox have a name day on every day of the year. Often, after the close of service (which total can run three or more hours), they will still add services, depending on the occasion. Sometimes it is a memorial service for certain individuals, though exactly who and why I've not yet figured out. They always have a special dish for that (called Koliva IIRC), and it is brought up before the service takes place. In this Sunday's case, they had a special memorial service for Memorial Day weekend. Yes the Orthodox accommodate American culture once in awhile.
The cookout was epic. The two oldest bought and brought four slabs of baby-back ribs. In addition, we had already purchased brats, hot dogs and hamburgers. Homemade side dishes and plenty of beverages over the smoker and grills kept us going through most of the morning. We plopped down with Styrofoam plates in hand, staying inside since it was already a sweltering mid 90s. We watched the 1941 Gary Cooper classic Sergeant York. I had never seen that, though I've heard rave reviews over the years.
It lived up to the hype. Cooper was pitch perfect as the reluctant but dedicated York, who was once a hoodlum, turned devout Christian and Conscientious Objector, who then becomes America's most celebrated war hero. I loved the fact that the movie spoke of York 'getting religion' in a non-ironic, non-derogatory way. My boys said, as they do of so many films from back then, that it was like watching movies from another planet, where the Bible was everywhere, even with those who didn't 'have religion'. More's the pity.
Memorial Day evening took us to our local cemetery. Due to the heat, we decided to wait until the evening, when the temperature had plummeted to a frigid 89 degrees. We usually wander about, looking at the headstones of veterans and those who died in service. There is a small crypt near the entrance for veterans of the Revolution. The oldest section of the cemetery also has some who served in America's War for Independence, as well as some earlier conflicts like the War of 1812 and the Civil War. We pay our respects and the boys, over the years, have taken it upon themselves to clear off any headstones they find that are covered with grasses, weeds and similar things that block the writing.
So it turned out well. Everyone was together, we watched movies, played games, ate until we were full, visited and generally gave thanks for the country we've been blessed to grow up in.
Oh, and in case anyone was wondering, mechanized infantry can have its away against German armor, even German armor backed by the legendary Tiger tanks. All you need is a company of Shermans to outnumber them.