Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Tribute

Image source: Rusty Russ
Memorial Day weekend has become the kick-off for summer activities, parties and vacations.  But more importantly, it is when we honor all those who have served our country and kept us safe at the risk of their own lives - many of which ended far to soon.  Let the flag wave and the bells ring, for Freedom is anything but Free.

Two of my uncles served in World War II, and I have many pictures taken during that time.  It is not something they liked to talk about.  My Uncle Charlie was awarded a medal, and although I've searched high and low, I can't find the paper with the information so I don't know what it was called, but he got it for bravery, leadership and refusing to leave his men under fire even though he had been injured. 

He was one of the special men in my life.  He was a carpenter by trade, and like my father, he was never afraid of anything. 

Here he is with the WWII flag.  Notice that this is not like our flag today.  This flag has only 48 stars.

Uncle Charlie

So when you plan your celebration, light up the barbecue, or pop the top on that first beer, remember those whose sacrifice made it possible.

And now I would like to leave you with this thought - something Uncle Charlie would say now and then.  

If a man's sick he's not well and everything he eats goes to his stomach.  


  1. LOVE your post. As we drove to NC this weekend, I was talking to the kids about memorial day and what it truly means. Of course my father was top on the list, but then came every single man and woman who served for our country, no matter what service.

    Your picture of your Uncle stopped me in my tracks. He looks SO MUCH like my father when he was young... would love to see an older picture too!

  2. How wonderful to have such beautiful photographs, Linda. And amazing to see the flag with the 48 stars.

    Thanks to all who served and to those who continue to serve...though thank you doesn't seem enough, does it?

    I hope you're having a lovely weekend.

  3. Katherine- I'm glad you enjoyed my tribute. I have more pictures and maybe I'll do some more family posts.

    Talon- I was pleased to find that picture among all those of war times. I was amazed that anyone had the time to take pictures during the war then especially with bulky cameras and film.

    It is a hot weekend here in the Sunny South - currently 91 degrees.

    Happy Memorial Day to all!

  4. Linda,

    I took the weekend off. Absolutely NO BLOGGING:~)

    Love your pictures and we did as you suggested:~)


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