Saturday, May 24, 2008

Happy Memorial Day!

Just a few pics from the day.... You have to have dessert!
And Grandma and Grandpa's best part of the day....

Memorial day is Monday and I cannot help but think on memories of that day when I was a kid. We lived in a suburb of Detroit and I always spent the night before the holiday at my grandparents. My grandparents were both from Russia and my grandfather had become an American citizen. Every year, and I mean every year until he could no longer walk at age 90 we would walk down to the corner and watch the Memorial Day parade. My grandpa taught me to stand when the flag came by and clap to the good American patriotic songs when the bands came by. Tears would stream down his face. I know that only in his heart did he fully realize what freedom meant.

I am such an old-fashion girl. I still decorate for Memorial day. It stays up until after July the 4th. I don't have a parade to go to, but I will see them on TV. And I carry on the tradition of tears because I cannot hear the Star Spangled Banner or my favorite, Proud to be an American without the tears.

I believe in saying the Pledge to the Allegiance, the way it was made to be said, Under God..
I am one of the fortunate ones. Even though my dad, uncles, and cousins have served during various war times, our family has never lost a member to battle.
So I hope that you and your families have a wonderful Memorial Day remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom.
Enjoy the picnics and watermelon!
I will see you all on Tuesday...till then...Proud to be an American....Ceekay!


Kathy said...

What a fantastic post, C! Only someone who lived in a place where they could not enjoy freedom can truly understand it's gift in our lives. It's too bad every American cannot go to a country like Russia where life is so rigid and different. When my hubby and I went to Russia in the early '70's it was a huge wake up call to the young people we led on the trip - to all of us. Our country might not be perfect but it's the best country in the world! Loved your entire post from the family history to the darling patriotic pictures!!
Kathy@ Mimi's Garden

Connie said...

Carolyn, Grandpa would have been tickled with the trip down memory lane.

Do you remember the Sousa Marches...especially the ones he got up on the mornings we were there - and blared from the living room stereo?

I sure miss him.

Love ya,

Needled Mom said...

What a fantastic way to celebrate the day and to pass the wonderful traditions on to the next generation.

Like you, patriotic celebrations can bring on the tears the fastest. :)

Alice said...

Your grandfather taught you so well. It was lovely to read about him. I hope you'll post more about your grandparents one day. I'd love to know more of how they came here.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I am browsing through some of my favorite blogs, trying to catch up. I don't have time to make comments, but just had to tell you I love the picture of you and your grandchildren! You are a beautiful lady!


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