Among other things, Memorial Day is a time for story-telling and I got to thinking yesterday, while sitting with others on the front porch of the Chariton Cemetery Shelter House, of our friend Ev Brightman, one of the most accomplished.
We traded tall tales for the last time on that front porch three years ago, over the Memorial Day weekend of 2016. Less than a year later, on May 7, 2017, cancer claimed her. Little more than a year later, on July 25, 2018, her son, Cody, died.
Their remains are interred just north of the Shelter House, next to the graves of her parents, and during the last year a tombstone has been put into place. So those of us who keep the Shelter House open over Memorial Day are still spending quality time with Ev, in a sense.
The Shelter House will be open again today, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., come rain or shine.
At 2 p.m. today, there will be a special program at Veterans Memorial Park during which a replica of the U.S.S. Iowa bell, recently installed, will be dedicated. All are welcome to attend.