Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day - Let Us Remember...

Happy Memorial Day. Please remember our fallen soldiers today who gave their lives so that we can live ours in freedom.

Here is some information about how to observe Memorial Day.
The information and poem below was found at http://www.usmemorialday.org/.

The "Memorial" in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember our ancestors, our family members, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our friends who have given the ultimate sacrifice:


by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.

by visiting memorials.

by flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon.

by flying the 'POW/MIA Flag' as well (Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act).

by participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance": at 3 p.m. to pause and think upon the true meaning of the day, and for Taps to be played.

by renewing a pledge to aid the widows, widowers, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
 
Whenever I See A Soldier Boy...
© 1942 by Sam Miller
 
Whenever I see a soldier boy
No matter where it be
I give him salutation
for he means so much to me

He's not the boy we used to know
In store, at desk or plow
He's a defender of our faith
He's in the service now

He keeps Old Glory flying
on land and air and sea
He lives to make our homes secure
He dies to keep us free.

Also, there is a website where you can order memorial bracelets to wear in honor of a POW/MIA or fallen soldier. If you don't personally know a POW/MIA or fallen soldier they have lists for you to choose one. $2.00 from the sale of each bracelet is donated to charities that support the families of the heroes and victims of terrorism. http://www.memorialbracelets.com/ 

Today at The Kraft Journal they are hosting a Memorial Day challenge which I participated in. Head to their blog and join us!

For the Memorial Day challenge, I created a 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 inch card using kraft card stock as my base. I used an ephemera image from The Vintage Moth along with some scraps from my scrap box to finish the card.




I hope you enjoyed my post today.
Thank you for stopping by.


Happy Memorial Day,
Regan

5 comments:

TheLastOfNine said...

Regan, it is a special and beautiful card, so nostalgic.
Gloria

Becky Garrison said...

Very pretty, Regan! Thanks for all the info, too!

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

Regan, your card is so beautiful..and your blog post so wonderfully written to remind of us what this day is all about...thank you for sharing the information and for creating such a gorgeous card to join us in the Memorial Day Challenge at The Kraft Journal!!!

Brandy Nichole Norris said...

Thank you so much for your kind words about our soldiers! Your card is beautiful!! What a wonderful way to remember the ones we love that are fighting for there lives!!

Audrey Pettit said...

What a wonderful post, Regan! Your heartfelt tribute in both words and card design truly touched my heart. Your card is absolutely gorgeous. I love that vintage image and the rosette, too. Thank you so much for playing along with us this week at The Kraft Journal.