Memorial Day….2016………..

In our beautiful rural little (pop. 995, appox.) town. We had breakfast at the community center, served up by the Boy Scouts….biscuits and gravy, juice and coffee shared with local friends who are jumping off the daily busy-bus to give honor to those who gave their all so that we could spend this day in the sunlit city park we call home.

Arriving for the 10:00am ceremony, we are greeted by the haunting tones of a bagpipes, played by nearby rural resident, Neil Claus. IMG_6070 The high school band was assembled………IMG_6067           The shaded grassy areas were filling fast………..IMG_6068  Legion Commander Dick SnowIMG_6080 gave a formal welcome followed by the posting of the US flag……IMG_6071 then, the“Colors”/flags of all the branches of the military, with the band playing the appropriate anthem……..IMG_6072IMG_6073IMG_6074IMG_6075IMG_6076 Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. The singing of the National Anthem, the Invocation-delivered by Pastor David WiersbeIMG_6077, set the tone for the program that followed and the reading of the names of the 7 who have died in the preceding year. “America the Beautiful” (played by Mr. Claus), the gun salute,IMG_6084 and the placing of the wreath, by representatives of Boy Scouts……..IMG_6082 was followed by special music from the band, Benediction by Am. Legion Chaplain, Ron Belongie and retiring the Colors………….IMG_6088  completed our time of reflection and honoring those whom we hold dear.

Arriving home, we grabbed the lawn mowers and hit it hard! With rain in the forecast for this evening and tomorrow….and the lawn more than needing attention……..those couple of acres(!!!!) now look like our private park! I’m not a gardener but the gladiolas(edited: “Bearded Iris”) are gorgeous this year and a small bouquet made it into my kitchenIMG_6090 

A short week ahead will keep me on my toes……quilting is my major attention-grabber and I’m anxious to have at it!!! Til next time………..

About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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9 Responses to Memorial Day….2016………..

  1. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    I love the table runner.

    • treadlemusic says:

      Thank you! I made that for my mom and, now, it has come back to me. It’s a pattern that was in the Saturday Evening Post magazine some years ago. Mom had spotted it and made a special request.

  2. Thank you for this snapshot of your small town Memorial Day celebration. These are the best. Tradition. Simple honoring of those who have given the ultimate for country.

  3. KerryCan says:

    I love these sweet, authentic, small-town celebrations on American holidays!

    • treadlemusic says:

      True “Americana” and ‘community’ being played out. We love living in this type of area and gravitate towards small rural towns when we travel. Personal interaction is a natural thing in these surroundings.

  4. witchylin says:

    Your Memorial Day is similar to our Armistice Day which is held in November. Our small village remembers the fallen around the war memorial beside the village green. Most people here take the opportunity to garden and do DIY projects on public holidays especially if the weather is dry. Your flowers are bearded iris. Gladioli have more flowers on each stem.

  5. Judy says:

    I think the flowers in the picture are Bearded Iris. We grow them too. We also live in a small town. I enjoy your blog posts. Thank you.

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