Day 343 – Memorial Day

Before I had breakfast this morning I read an  article that started with “Please don’t say ‘Happy Memorial Day’ ” She had a point.

“This is Memorial Day, a day to remember those of our nation’s military who have died in the service of their country, from Lexington to Valley Forge, from Bull Run to Gettysburg, Iwo Jima to Normandy, Inchon to the Chosin Reservoir, Khe Sahn to Saigon, Kuwait to Najaf, and Kabul to Laghman.  These were the sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, friends and lovers who put on the uniform and went to war and who didn’t return.”

One of the things Karen suggested we do is plant some kind of small memorial garden which I think sounds like a fine idea! Before I head to our local hardware store for supplies, and a few new flags, I need breakfast:
My new favorite piece is in the middle of the table, my Rosie the Riveter lunch box : ) Last week the Sew Weekly challenge was to make something from the 1940’s so I decided to re-create the most iconic image of the era, Rosie herself. Angie went with me on a 5 hour-long photoshoot through various sites in Richmond where Rosie worked. We ended up on the Red Oak Victory ship which had a small museum where I purchased the lunch box. It was an amazing day, you can read all about it here.
I love this little cloth and it seemed perfect to pick up the colors of the Rosie poster. Scarlet modern Fiesta sets off the vintage yellow and blue. My OTHER new favorite pieces on the table are the napkins : ) Yes, from Nadine with whom we were able to chat yesterday at the Pleasanton Flea market. She had these in a basket and when I first saw them they were in someone else’s hand! Fortunately they decided against them so I quickly crossed the booth and snagged them. They’ll be making another appearance or two in days to come…
Close up of the lunch box art-
And here is my version:
And this is one my favorite panels on the side of the lunch box -
The picture at the top of the post is from a memorial the next town over, it was started by a man who felt the need to memorialize soldiers lost in the Iraq war. He has had very vocal support and dissent from the community and in the intervening years, has died. His widow maintained the site until she died and I believe it is now family members and volunteers who keep things going. This is on the family’s private property and the neighbors aren’t happy about it but its quite visible from both the freeway and BART.
It’s the kind of thing that we need to see every day, to remind us that to many families, and now over 6,000 in particular that have lost a loved one, that war is real and heroes are real. We can certainly take one day to remember and say “Thanks” because for those who have lost someone, the day won’t be “happy”.
Have a thoughtful Memorial Day.
23 days to go

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