1. Did your church have any special celebrations for All Saints/All Soul’s Day?
We remembered the names of those had passed with a moment of silence for each and the lighting of candles. Our whole worship service however was geared towards a remembrance of the saints and talking about what it takes to become a saint of God… which in the Methodist tradition is simply opening yourself up and letting God work through you with sanctifying grace.
2. How about Veterans’ Day?
We didn’t do anything specifically at the church, but had the day off from normal bible studies and fellowship groups so that our people could attend the local Veteran’s Day ceremonies at the school.
3. Did you and your family have a holiday for Veterans’ Day/Remembrance Day? If so, how did you take advantage of the break?
I don’t really remember having the day off growing up. Perhaps we did, but since it is a Tuesday, there is no three day, or four day weekend to really take advantage of. If we had the day off, we probably spent it with my grandparents, who lived nearby and who took care of us while our parents worked.
4. Is there a veteran in your life, living or dead, whose dedication you remember and celebrate? Or perhaps a loved one presently serving in the armed forces?
My grandpa is now deceased, but he served in the Korean War. I also have connections through a cousin, Jenna, who has served in Iraq. And there are countless people I know through my church family who have served or are currently serving.
5. Do you have any personal rituals which help you remember and connect with loved ones who have passed on?
I’ve never been big on visiting the graves of loved ones. I’m not quite sure why, either. I remember growing up that my mom and her family would often visit the grave of their sister, but the kids always stayed home. And now that I am grown, I haven’t taken my own personal time to visit the graves of my grandparents. But I do remember them. I remember my grandpa whenever I peel potatoes – because I remember stories that he would tell about KP duty in the army. I remember my grandma whenever I see a turtle – she had a fantastic collection of figurines. I remember my great-grandma whenever I see a kolache – she made the best kolaches I have ever had.