She made a vow to her father to always tend the family graves
By Diana Reese for Next Avenue
(This article was originally published in May 2014.)
While friends look forward to barbecues and boating during the first long weekend of the summer, I’m making plans for my annual cemetery tour in northwest Missouri.
I promised my dad before he died that I’d put flowers on his parents’ grave, as well as his, every Memorial Day. Although he knew my mom would, he wanted reassurance that someone would continue the tradition after she was gone.
My mom’s still here, but I’ve made a point of visiting the graves every year.