I know you will forgive me for not writing over the Memorial Day weekend. I guess I just haven’t quite figured out how to blog and live my life at the same time.
For today, I thought I’d post a few Memorial Day thoughts.
We know it now as World War I, but naturally we hadn’t sequentialized the war at that point. Grandpa W. was on the U.S.S. Leviathan, the largest ship in the U.S. Navy (and the world) and one of 14,000 men going to Brest, France. (Evidently, Humphrey Bogart was in the Navy at the same time as Grandpa W., and on the U.S.S. Leviathan at the same time. I suppose it can be understood why they never met.)
We were fortunate. World War I ended as the Leviathan was still steaming toward France. By the time Grandpa and the rest of the men landed, Armistace was declared.
Grandpa kept a journal from his time in the Navy, but there are no entries from his time in France. We will assume that he ate some croissants, saw the Eiffel Tower and wrote notes home to his Mom and Dad.
While he didn’t share any of his memories in France, he did bring back a U.S. flag. I’m not sure where he got it (remember, no notes from France), but he had folded it carefully in tissue. As I went through my Mom’s things, I found it and asked a good friend of ours (thank you, Russ) to mount and frame the flag, which now hangs, with the original folds and 100 years of wear and tear, proudly on our wall.
We honor those men and women who have committed their lives to our Freedom. We mourn those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
When the grand-kids got to our house over the weekend, we laughed, loved and played, but we also made sure to take some time to talk about Memorial Day and to help them find a way to memorialize this important day.
In the spring, red poppies bloom on European battlefields where thousands of soldiers died.
Many veteran’s organizations sell poppies to earn money for disabled vets (and I always give money), but on the morning of Memorial Day, we made our own poppies from tissue paper and pipe cleaners.
Memorial Day Poppies:
– Red Tissue Paper (I like the look of different shades of red, and maybe some orange thrown in)
– Hole Punch (I didn’t have a hand held hole punch, but the three hole punch worked out just fine)
The nice thing about tissue paper is that it is so thin you can stack it and cut a whole lot of circles.
Punch a hole near the center of the fold (be careful not to get close to the fold).
Once we made the poppies, we all hopped into the golf cart to go to our American Flag (I think we went about 25 yards)
We said a prayer.
and then, spontaneously it seemed, the kids all started singing the Star Spangled Banner.
It was a very special day