Sunday, May 24, 2009

Photopost: Start Memorial Day with Mass for those who died serving our country

Memorial Day 2008 at Assumption Grotto
Priests and deacons (left to right): Military chaplain and Cistercian - Rev. Aidan Logan, OCso (hooded), transitional deacon Charles White IV (to be ordained next Saturday for the Archdiocese of Detroit; will celebrate first Mass - TLM on Pentecost at Grotto), Assumption Grotto pastor - Rev. Eduard Perrone, permanent deacon Jim Wilder, and associate pastor - Rev. John Bustamante.

Each Memorial Day, many Grotto-goers meet just before 9:00am for a procession to the flag pole, led by war veterans and family. It is a silent procession, and one that is solemn. Priests and altar boys stand and watch as the flag is raised, then lowered, to the sound of veteran who plays "Taps".

We often have a visitor on Memorial Day - Fr. Aidan Logan, OCso - a Cistercian monk and military chaplain (seen in the slideshow below with the hood). I am unsure if he will be with us this year. All process to the Church for Mass. Following Mass, there is a procession to the cemetery where all gather around the War Veterans monument for a brief ceremony.

Come to Assumption Grotto around 8:45 to start your day. Memorial Day is about those who died serving our country. What better give can we give them, than to remember them, and to pray for the repose of their souls? I am not sure at this time if Mass will be in the ordinary form, or extraordinary form. I may edit this post later if I hear back from Fr. Perrone.

I will be there honoring my uncle Eddie, whom I never knew, but always remember on Memorial Day. He was killed in action on May 24, 1944. He was a TSgt with the 741st Bomber Squadron, 455th Bomber Group (Heavy). He was awarded an Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Purple Heart. His plane went down just off the shore of Italy and he was not recovered. His name appears on the "Tablet of the Missing" in Florence, Italy. I learned his name was on the Tablets of the Missing through the American Battle Monuments Commission. Being a family member, I received a free photo of his name on the monument and some other information by writing to them.

Weather permitting, I hope to get more photos again this year, but these will be hard to top.

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