Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day





A typical Memorial Day is welcomed for the long weekend it brings for most Americans.

It is celebrated with bar-b-ques...

great sale prices at every retail establishment imagined...

the opening of every pool in America.

It brings friends and families gathering together to celebrate the beginning of Summer.

And though we turn it into a day of celebration...

in truth it is a day of memory.

It is a day we should stop...

and reflect on the real meaning of this day...

a day to remember our fallen.

Those who gave their lives for the freedoms that we enjoy...

take for granted.

And even today...

somewhere a mother cries...

her arms heavy with emptiness...

her heart lost in memories.

Somewhere a father sits in silence...

remembering the child who once held his hand...

who came to him for advice...

who made his heart swell with pride.

Somewhere a young wife gazes at her wedding portrait...

touches her wedding ring as she reads love letters written from the heart...

cries at promises that could not be kept.

Somewhere a child asks...

"When is mommy or daddy coming home?"

They will visit where their heart now lives...

and they will place a wreath upon their headstone...

a flag beside a photo.

They will remember.

And during our celebrating today...

amidst the sun...

the laughter...

the food and fun...

we should take a moment to remember...

and say a "Thank You"...

to all the men and women have given the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy.

We are the home of the free...

but only because of the brave.






The Details:
Cardstock: PTI Pure Poppy and Kraft
SU Brillant Blue
Die: PTI Parisian Doliy
Vintage Images:Vintage Holiday Crafts
Misc: flowers, pearls, ribbon and pin


My card will be entered at The Kraft Journal for their Memorial Day Challenge


8 comments :

  1. Renee...your card is stunning and the image you chose gorgeous but even more special than that, is the heartfelt post that you wrote to go along with your stunning card... beautiful... it brought tears to my eyes...thank you for reminding us all of what today really means and thank you for sharing it with us at The Kraft Journal for our challenge as well.

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  2. Your card is beautiful and touching today Renee. I love the doily with the vintage image. Your words are even more touching though. I have two nephews who have served in Afghanistan, one now who has a seizure disorder which he will have to live with for the rest of his life. He is only 25. I remember how my sister in law slept with her cellphone on her chest every night for fear she will either miss his call or get bad news. Your words were beautiful to hear. Thank you for them.

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  3. What a wonderful Memorial Day post! Adore your card and most of all your beautifully written note. Thanks for reminding us all of the real meaning of today. A young soldier from here was killed just this week in Afghanistan. I can only imagine the sadness his family is experiencing this weekend. We owe all those who have sacrificed so much. Thank you for sharing your touching thoughts!

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  4. Such a beautiful post....You always know just the right words to put down. Thank you for this!! Your card is perfect for this day.....and I love the addition of the doily!

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  5. Renee this is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE it!! Have I told you lately I ADORE your blog! :) You always put into words what I think.. do you do this on purpose! :) lol!!
    Hope your weekend was WONDERFUL!!!

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  6. Beautiful and moving post, Renee! Your words have brought a few tears into my eyes. Thank you for the tribute and for sharing this gorgeous card with us at the Kraft Journal.

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  7. As always, great card and great post. The card couldn't be more perfect for a day that you honor so well.

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  8. This card popped up under "you might also like" - I love the vintage image and of course the red white and blue. Really striking and heart felt Renee!

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