When my family comes up to UT for Memorial Day (which depends on when school gets out), we have a really fun tradition! Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts and -uncles, 2nd cousins - essentially, anyone and everyone who are in the area - meet at Nephi Cemetary. This is a special place to our family, as several of our family members, many of whom were early settlers of the Salt Lake valley, are buried here. Among them rests my Grandpa Tew. Here, local residents put on a Memorial Day program for all the veterans and their families.
Family starting to gather... of course, Jacob had to be passed around. He was a good sport about it, considering that he really doesn't like it.
(aka: GG or Grandma Great)
Jacob with my brother, Trey
Jacob with Grandma Farnsworth
We all gathered 'round and sang "Families Are Forever."
That was a nice touch, Mom.
I just LOVE this picture!
Also on the list was his father, John Ivan Tew
(World War I).
I found out that my great-uncle Milton, Grandpa's older brother, served in World War II, as well. For some reason his name isn't included on the board ... maybe you have to be buried at the cemetary?
He is a very healthy and independent 88!
Here are the veterans, marching with the colors.
raising the flag
Then we headed over for a picnic at our traditional spot, Nephi Park. (not sure if that's the official name)
(I can't believe how big she's getting!)
Jacob with my brother Dane
This tractor wagon has pulled 3 generations of grandchildren!
definitely brought back memories of Grandma and Grandpa's house...the small bowl of mints on Grandma's kitchen table, homemade ice cream, smell of fresh-cut grass, Sunday dinners, playing dressup under the pepper trees...
What would eternity be like without families?!