Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

'A pie for Mike's parents this morning.  I talked with my parents last night and know they are visiting cemeteries today, as they faithfully do this weekend every year, to plant flowers around loved ones' graves. That my own dad was welcomed home from the service in 1969 with a family party and a cake in his honor and not with a graveside American flag and red, white, and blue Petunias is something I am more grateful for the older I get. And that Memorial Day seems to have become appreciated more for stores' sales and a three-day weekend than for the sacrifices of those in our military is something that disturbs me more each year. Thank you to those who have served and who are serving now, and a thank you to their families, as well.

9 comments:

Lisa said...

Did you make that pie, Val? It looks terrific!
Have a lovely weekend.

When we changed a lot of the holidays to Mondays, it was evident that we were forgetting what we are supposed to remember. And our memory has continued to fade.

FlowerLady said...

Dear Val ~ That pie is so wonderful looking.

We all have much to be thankful for, to all who have served and who are serving to keep us free.

Glad your Dad made it home and was welcomed back with a nice party. Not all at that time were. My DH went into the Navy in 1969 and got out in '73. I am proud of him for doing his duty.

Have a lovely holiday weekend,

FlowerLady

Val said...

Thank you both. Yes, Lisa, I made the pie this morning before the apartment got too hot. I saw it in a Woman's Day years ago and thought it was so beautiful, and finally, today, I made it. :) The recipe is here and is a fast one to throw together: http://www.womansday.com/recipefinder/stars-stripes-pie-121895?click=rec_sr

FlowerLady, thank you and your husband too. :)

Carol and Jean said...

You are absolutely right about why and how we should celebrate Memorial Day.

I was privileged to play the bagpipes for ceremony sending off a group of 50 Army National Guard members who are deploying to Afghanistan. They kept thanking us for piping them into the ceremony; I kept saying it was such an honor, and to please come home safely. Seeing those young men standing at attention, saluting the flag--I had such a lump in my throat.

Beautiful pie, Val--I am going to show it to Margaret who I know will want to make one!

Stephanie said...

That was so beautifully said.

Thanks and honor to every one of those brave men and women, past and present.

asmplelife said...

That pie looks wonderful. You are a very talented woman!

I remarked to my husband at yesterday's parade and memorial service that I was very happy to see so many young people, not only attending but participating. (The young I'm referring to were in their twenties or thereabout.) It's right that we take time to remember those who have paid the price for the freedoms we enjoy.

Hope you had a lovely weekend!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Dear Val, please tell your father, "thank you for serving!" This was a wonderful post; I thoroughly enjoyed it.

liz said...

Oh, that PIE.

Val said...

Thank you all--And Carol, what an honor to get to play for them. ♥♥