Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial day memories

While sitting on the beach in Cannes (HEHE), I thought I would post some memories of Memorial day. I just love blogger post options.

As a child, I loved Memorial Day because there was no school, we always had a picnic, would watch the local parade and visit our little town cemetery to place flowers. It never occurred to me what it was all about.

As I grew older, the true meaning became apparent.

My dad was a war veteran.
He never really spoke about his experiences.
He was a man of few words but a man with a HUGE heart.
He was an animal lover extraordinaire.
He had an interesting philosophy- to speak no ill.
He was always quick to help anyone without thinking what's in it for me.

He was an entrepreneur. He worked very hard but never complained.
In fact, I never heard him complain about anything.
He always had time for me and for that I am very grateful.

He passed away on Memorial Day 4 years ago.
I was very fortunate to be with him as he passed.

This Memorial Day weekend has a very different feel about it since my son Jeff is in boot camp.
I am so proud and in awe of the young men and women that are serving our country now.
The sacrifices my dad's generation made has given our generation freedom.
The sacrifices that our occurring now, I pray will give our grandchildren and their children continued freedom.

I am hoping to be able to attend Jeff's graduation from Ft. Jackson. FINGERS CROSSED and saying PRAYERS. I'm definitely on the bandwagon!

Have fun this weekend, be safe, but most of all remember.


Rebecca Ramsey said...

A beautiful post!
I'll be remembering on Memorial Day, but I'll also think of you, your dad, and your son.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest Barb, What a beautiful word. God bless your daddy; he is with the angels. And may your little angel recover daily. Enjoy your mental Cannes...I'm there with you! Bisous, Anita

Judy said...

What a beautiful post. You are so lucky to have such wonderful memories of your Father.

Unknown said...

Well, I thought I'd comment while sitting on a beach in Tahiti! LOL! ;)

Happy Memorial Day to you and yours!

Barb said...

Hi Ladies,

Every time I think I am going to visit, something comes up that can't wait. One of these days....

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Lovely post indeed, your Dad sounds like an amazing man, lucky you!! All the best,Chrissy

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

This is such a sweet post! I know you are so proud of your son. That was a great picture of your dad. My daddy died on Veterans Day 1960 and every Veterans Day I am reminded of his passing. Your daddy sounds like he was a wonderful person. I pray you are doing well. love ya, Trish

Attic Clutter said...

AWH.. Love the post and pics..(:)
Hi Barb..
I broke by wearing some thongs and slipping on a little hill ( on wet grass) in my backyard..UGH >
not a happy thing..~!!!
YA pink casts are cute it is a green right now..LOL
have a good day..
hugs, Patty

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post! Beautiful tribute to your father and son ♥ I hope your other son is doing better. I keep all of you in my prayers.

Vintage Papers said...

I will be keeping your son in my prayers and your family. I know it is difficult to keep our faith when we have someone in the service. Thank him for serving our country!

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