Memorial Day is more than cookouts and the start of summer.  We love this weekend because that is what it is for many of us.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that—I am all for steaks on the grill, potato salad and some patriotic dessert featuring strawberries and blueberries in the shape of the flag.  But honestly, it is so much more.

I read a little article the other day in USA Today that I strongly would recommend you hop over to read.  The article, This Memorial Day, Show Military You Care was a well written piece by Kathryn Roth-Douquet.  She mentions that we will be observing the 11th Memorial Day in a row while we are at war– this is the longest period of combat in our nation’s history.   Memorial Day actually started out in the South as a day set aside to decorate the graves of loved ones.  It expanded North as a result of the Civil War where every one was touched by the death of a loved one and this was one way to show love for the sacrifice those loved ones had made.

Today I am proud that my Comments for a Cause this month is going to go to Operation Shower which will help provide baby showers and all the “fixin’s” for military families.   What a great way to show them we care and support them.

It is also a day to honor my beloved father in law who passed away last August. His nickname in training was Skipper because he was a leader and so many folks, including his own parents, called him Skip.  His time in the Air Force was cut short by a military plane crash where he was the navigator–the backseat driver. He came away with severe injuries to his spine and nerve involvement to both legs.  After decompression laminectomy surgery he developed blood clots in both legs.  He was hospitalized for 11 months.  They said he would never walk.  He proved them wrong.  Not only did he walk—he lived a life full of just that–life.  He loved to hunt and fish and spend time with his cronies.  He loved his wife, his children and his grandchildren.  He sacrificed more than any of us will ever  know and at his funeral when Taps was played and the Wright Patterson Air Force Base representatives did their salute and presented the flag to my husband the tears flowed freely for a man who served his country so well.  So thank you, Dad, and thank you to all of those who have served including my own father, for your service to our country and for your willingness to do one of the hardest jobs there is.  I tip my hat to you and thank you.  When you see any service member I hope you will sincerely thank them for their service.  It will make their day and it might just make yours, too.

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  1. what amazing pictures… what a handsome man!
    happy memorial day…

    • Thanks, Hilary! We had these in his memorial photo show so I had them on my laptop and pulled them out. Figured it was appropriate today. I don’t have any of my dad in his Navy uniform handy or else I would have included him, too! Happy Memorial Day!

  2. Oh, what a wonderful tribute to your father-in-law! He sounds like a delightful man. Hope you all have a blessed Memorial Day, Beth Ann. And stay cool. The heat is truly infernal here in Kentucky!

    • Thanks, Kathy! This will be a day of doing nothing! 🙂 Our AC is on the fritz, of course, on the 90 degree day but today is way cooler already so hopefully we will be able to stay cool. We can always go to the basement—it is always so much cooler down there. Happy Memorial Day!

  3. Nicely put…The sacrifice so many have made for us is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  4. This was beautiful, Beth Ann. The pictures of your father-in-law are priceless. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • Thanks, Lenore!!! He was quite a man and we all miss him. Last year we took care of him and our lives were changed forever for that. Thanks also for the follow!!!

  5. Helen Brown says:

    I think this is one of your best blogs. We do so need to be thankful for what the men and women have done to keep us safe. I cannot even imagine what some of them have been through.

  6. beautiful tribute! love the photo. Hope you have a happy and safe Memorial Day. Much love from your neighbour to the North 🙂

  7. That was beautiful. And a good reminder of why we celebrate today. So thanks!

  8. Nice post, Beth Ann. We are all grateful for men (and women) like your father-in-law.

  9. Interesting Memorial Day post–I didn’t realize we’ve been fighting for so long now–11 years, wow!

  10. edshunnybunny says:

    Yours was–by far–the best Memorial Day post I’ve come across. Great job!

  11. I knew it would be a good post Beth Ann and you, in your own inimitable way, told his story with a passion of which I’m sure he would have been very proud.

  12. Your sentence about the folded flag presented to your husband got me. That and the playing of Taps will always make me cry. Beautiful post.

    • Aw….thanks….I didn’t mean to make you cry but you knew exactly what I meant when I wrote it and that means more to me than you can imagine. Glad my words touched your heart.

  13. I’m glad you are honoring the real meaning of the day!

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