While Memorial Day is most often associated with the beginning of summer and is celebrated with backyard barbecues, picnics in the park and an extra day off for many people, this day is actually a day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives in service to this country and dates all the way back to the Civil War.
My father lost his life as a result of 30+ years of service–not in combat but many years later from the havoc breathing in things like Agent Orange during his three tours in VietNam and who knows what else, wreaked on his body. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, a fact I am very proud of. So, along with everyone else, we will be enjoying the weekend festivities and looking forward to a fun summer; but we will take a moment and thank the men and women, like my father, who fought for one reason and one reason only—because they believed in and chose to defend the freedoms we so take for granted here in America.
Show your support and appreciation by displaying the American flag in your flower pots,
hanging the flag on a pole attached to your front porch or deck, tossing a flag pillow like any one of these from Pottery Barn on your furniture or go all out and display a beautiful piece of artwork like this one from talented artist K. William Kautz, available at www.paintedfurniturebarn.com that can be enjoyed all year long.