Monday, May 25, 2009

Never Forget

It's BLUE MONDAY, and it's also Memorial Day. I know many of the participants listed at Smiling Sal's blog will have some really thoughtful posts for Memorial Day. I didn't get my act together to do a thoughtful post, so I was going to show off a cool sun catcher I have, but then I realized I DID have something patriotic at least, if not Memorial Day-ish, to share. So the sun catcher post is all ready for next week, and my actual blue item is at the end of this post.
The purpose of this day off from work is to recognize the men and women who have lost their lives in the service of our country. I personally do not know anyone who has sacrificed themselves for our freedom, although many of my family members have been in different branches of the military both in peace and in conflict.For many families, it is also the weekend that they tend to the family graves. My father always took my sister and I to clean up around his parents' graves and plant geraniums each Memorial Day. We would go back around All Saint's Day, November 1, to clean it up again and make sure everything was ship shape for the winter. It was one of those father and daughters things that we did without our mom. When we stopped to buy the geraniums, we always got a couple for her to have in planters on the deck.The video below is about the Arlington Wreath Project. Each year Worcester Wreath Company in Maine donates 5000 wreaths to be placed on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery to honor our Veterans during the winter holidays.
I want to thank everyone who stopped by and checked out my new Etsy store, Little Somethings, last week. You got to see that I have more than just the blue jewelry I shared, there are a few vintage items as well as different kinds of note cards.It's not the same as the banner I shared Friday, it's even better, I think, and I was in madly love with the first one! A USA banner that is a fun summer decoration. I just listed it in the shop!
I hope everyone has had a great weekend, hopefully with family and friends, maybe a little gardening or swimming, or barbecueing! I of course, can't go anywhere or be with large groups of people, so I am having hotdogs and potato chips for my own little remembrance meal. What are you doing?
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29 comments:

claudie said...

I will be sure to laugh today...it's been awhile.
Love Your Banner and the blue is perfect.
I will check out your shop in the morning.
Just wanted to come and wish you a Happy Memorial Day.
Love Claudie
xoxox

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That wreath project is just amazing, Elizabeth! Loved seeing that video, and I'm so grateful to our serivcemen and women.

Cute, cute banner!

Happy Blue Monday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

bj said...

Oh, what a cute banner...
Happy Memorial Day..
xo bj

Mary said...

Thank you for sharing the video. Have a happy holiday and enjoy Blue Monday.

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Cute banner and a Happy Memorial Day to you too.
What a great day to remember those that paid the price for our freedom.
~Ann

Smilingsal said...

Great idea to make that banner. I'm packing, which is no surprise.

Snoopygie said...

Happy Blue Monday.

xinex said...

Love your patriotic post, Elizabeth!We should never forget our fallen soldiers and we're always grately to them. We'll be driving home today, spent the weekend in Pensacola to visit John's dad and stepmom....Christine

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Happy Blue Monday and Memorial Day!

Blessings,
Sandi

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Very good post, Elizabeth. Your banner is very nice, too☺

Marie Reed said...

5,000! That's phenomenal! Your banner is so eye catching and fun!

Martys Fiber Musings said...

Love your blue banner. Happy Memorial Day.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Happy Memorial Day!

The Raggedy Girl said...

The wreath project is amazing. Thank you for sharing.

The Raggedy Girl

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I have been to Arlington a few times... it is beautiful... I think the annual wreath tradition is wonderful! I hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend surrounded by family and friends! ~ Susan

*Noelle* said...

i love that banner you made!! very patriotic and cute:)

Justine said...

I thought only flags were put out at Arlington. I'm learning more every day!
Love that new banner.

Hope you have a great day. NO plans here at all. I think I'll take a nap!

Justine :o )

Leann said...

What a great banner and I have to tell you how much I loved the pigs for Pink Saturday - lol!

Enjoy your holiday and thanks for visiting The Old Parsonage.

Leann

imjacobsmom said...

Yeah, I didn't know about the wreaths either - At Fort Snelling flowers were not allowed until just recently, but with lots of rules attached. ~ Robyn

imjacobsmom said...

Oops, I forgot to wish you a Happy Memorial Day! ~ Robyn

Terry said...

Hi Elizabeth
Happy memorial Day to you.
Happy Blue Monday.
Thank you for sharing this post !
It was great.
Hugs

Carla said...

Totally awesome banner!

Carrie said...

Your banner is a great patriotic emblem. Happy Memorial Day, Elizabeth!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Elizabeth,
Great post. I thank them all for giving us many tomorrows to look forward to and am proud to be an American.
Love your banner. I have got to stop by the shop and see what you're doing. Computer has been having a spaz attack lately and shut me down out of many of the blogs I visit. Hopefully that's over with. xxoo

Fifi Flowers said...

The change of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the UNknown Solider is AMAZING... I will never forget it... Happy MEmorial Day!

ButterYum said...

I cannot make it through that ceremony without crying. I hope you had a blessed Memorial Day!

Coloradolady said...

Cute banner Elizabeth and what a great post. Have a great week.

caren said...

Thanks for sharing the video and your story of your childhood Memorial Days. It's a great story. we were driving back from Nashville on MD.

ivoryspring said...

Great post!

For Memorial Day, we watched Patton and met up with some friends for a barbeque.