Memorial Day Post of Thanks

When many think of Memorial Day their minds automatically wander to thoughts of backyard BBQs, the opening  weekend of the local swimming pool or sales in department stores.  I think of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC that is often adorned with mementos from those who have served and their families.

Every year Washington D.C . welcomes tourists who visit the dozens of famous memorials that are sprinkled though-out this majestic city. The Vietnam Memorial, created by Maya Lin in 1982, is solemn, yet so architecturally fascinating.  “The Wall” was veiled in controversy from the start. In fact, much of what was associated with the Vietnam War was controversial. This memorial, in particular,  stands as a testimony to the bravery and sacrifice of the thousands who were drafted and served in this war. Many who did not return home to their loved ones or came back to less than a “hero’s welcome”.  It was not the “best of times” in United States history.

Read about the history of the making of the Vietnam Memorial

What really intrigues me about Memorial Day are the thousands, and I mean THOUSANDS, of motorcyclists who come to Washington D.C. to pay their respects. The Rolling Thunder have a long history of motorcycling in to the nation’s capitol in order to show their support for veteran’s, especially their peers, the many “baby boomers” who served so valiantly.  It gives a person pause to witness the huge presence of the Rolling Thunder as they bike down I-95 and literally roll through the District of Columbia . I am glad I have observed it – more than once.

So, this Memorial Day – please remember to enjoy your BBQ and family time. But, also remember that there are families who have sacrificed beyond measure so that we may live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.


Thank you to our Active Military and Veterans

There never seem to be enough words of appreciation or gratitude to give to those who risked their lives and limbs on behalf of all the rest of us.  Our military are brave beyond measure and I know that the words “Thank You” are just not enough.

So, let’s give back to these amazing people in ways that show via actions our sincerest gratitude. PARADE magazine listed eleven ways to HELP our Soldiers and Veterans.

Read the eleven ways YOU can help!

PETS for VETS  is a  Win-Win for both Veterans and Shelter Dogs.  Veteran soldiers and their families can sign up for a pet that has been fostered and nurtured in preparation for going to a Forever Home with a military family.  To learn more click here 

Send a soldier a package this holiday season.

 Nothing can compare to being HOME for the holidays, but we can do our little bit to help make soldiers feel a “taste” of home by sending care packages.  Here is a link to do so:

And, if nothing else… consider writing an extra holiday card.  The information is in the poster below.