The "parade" is small. This year no band, just a rag tag color guard, kids in red white and blue on their bikes, and a good turnout of neighbors. Every year the historical society makes sure that the grave of each veteran is decorated with a flag and a poppy. Monday morning the town gathers on the green and walks the circle to lay a wreath on the monument. Next the neighbors fall in behind the color guard and bikes and file into the cemetery. Tributes are read, taps played, and that's it. A perfect thoughtful tribute. Simple. Straightforward. Today we honor those who sacrificed for us. Today we remember the importance of freedom and democracy and gratitude.