Don’t die old, die empty. That’s the goal of life. Go to the cemetery and disappoint the graveyard.
I’m attending a memorial day service tomorrow in Bardstown cemetery.
I’m an atheist, so I haven’t spent too much time around or in churches.
It’ll be pretty warm, just shy of 80F, so I’m kinda reluctant to do a full suit routine, but I don’t want to appear disrespectful.
Is there a dress code for this sort of affair?
Brendan, you are on the right track: Old school, is dark suit with white or plain color shirt and muted necktie, shined black shoes, handkerchief in breast coat pocket if you wish. In our heritage, the men often wear small white flowers on their hats or on lapels, but you dont have to do that,
I think even if you went in a rugby shirt and cleats, your respectful demeanor man, of quietly helping just to be there for others, would say all that needs to be said
That you even asked the question makes you already a gentleman for the occasion no matter that you be otherwise or added to or deleted from otherwise.
I hope the ceremony/service will be a good set of stories for you.
I’d say you are safe with dressy casual – long slacks, shirt with collar, shoes that don’t scream “sneakers” – or even nice casual – dark jeans or khakies, polo shirt or solid-color tee shirt, shoes that are not obviously running shoes. You may see people in full casual, some rather dressy,it just depends on the place, time, and traditions.
Unless I’m attending as part of an organization, I go with long slacks, a nice long-sleeve shirt, and subdued hat and handbag (doctor’s orders on the long sleeves and hat). YMMV, IANA fashion columnist.
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