Memorial Day at Dallas-area Cemeteries Is a Chance to Preserve Tradition, to Remember, to Serve

The Finefrock family of Plano walked carefully past rows and rows of white headstones at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.Led by parents Jeremy and Kristi, the five children — Tessa, 11, Jacoby, 9, Cora, 8, Camden, 5, and Amory, 2 — each carried a small sandwich bag full of pennies.After stopping to read each name engraved on the headstones, one child pulled a penny from their bag and set it neatly on the top of the arched stone.The tradition dates back to the aftermath of the Civil War, when Memorial Day was first observed. Jeremy Finefrock served six years in the U.S. Army, and said visiting the cemetery allowed him to pass along the tradition to his own children.  Continue reading...

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