Maple Hill Cemetary ~ Kansas City, Kansas
photo by suzanne ~ July 7, 2009
The above photo is at Maple Hill Cemetary in Kansas City, Kansas. It is where my father, grandmother and grandfather, and an aunt and uncle are buried. The photo is not meant to sadden anyone, it's just to show how simply beautiful the grounds are presented.
"Our Flag" ~ photo taken by Karo ~ April 11, 2011
"They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation."
~Henry Ward Beecher
The observance of Memorial Day pretty much began unofficially in May of 1866 when people started decorating graves of fallen soldiers. In 1868, General John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army Republic, brought the 'Decorating of the Graves' event to public attention, thus, Memorial Day. And the date of May 30 was chosen because it was NOT the anniversary of a battle. In essence, it is a day to honor all Americans whether they served in the military or not.
"Decoration Day" * Chicago, Illinois 1927
My mother decorates 10 to 12 tables at her Church Senior Luncheons, and always tries to come up with a theme, especially on holidays. I thought I would help her out for Memorial Day and sent her some sparkly table decor and patriotric ribbon. Let's hope she will send photos to show! I designed a dozen 'table cards' (6 different designs), which are actually note cards, to stand up on her tables with the decor. Below is one of them.
The Front of the card
Well, folks, try as I might...I couldn't get the rest of the card on here. I chose Memorial Day quotes for most of my cards, but for this one, I wrote my own sentiment on the inside.
"We will focus on the joys and laughter
We shared with those we have lost."
And what do you know...here comes the back of the card, minus the American Flag colors inside the coffee cup! And I dedicated this card to my brother Stan who passed away March 16, 2007.
My mother received this illustration in an email and forwarded to me...I think it's very nice.
And what's wrong with this picture?
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While I'm remembering the loved ones I've lost, I will also remember the loved ones I still have, and celebrate the memories I share with them today.
Please, have a safe Memorial Holiday!
Thank You Mom
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When you walk through a storm, keep your head up high,
And don't be afraid of the dark...
This song "You'll Never Walk Alone" is
From Rodgers & Hammerstein musical 'Carousel'