Preparing For Memorial Day

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As a retired Army family we truly appreciate the sacrifice of our fallen military servicemen and women.   I’m grateful we have a special day set aside once a year to remember and pay tribute to them.  I love hearing their stories on TV, seeing the beautiful waving flags that always bring a tear to my eye, and listening to the patriotic music.  I also love all the memories we’ve shared as a family on this day and celebrating the first days of Summer.  Remembering family members who have passed is also an important part, but this day is very difficult for me.

Driving into the Brigham City cemetery on Memorial Day is an amazing sight.  Flowers, flags, and tokens of love are covering the grounds.  There is one little spot in that big place where my son was laid to rest two and a half years ago.  I can almost instantly see his marker when I enter the grounds.  I am pulled to that little space and every single time have tears running down my face before even arriving.  I’m not sure why I’m so drawn there.  Maybe it’s that it’s a physical place that I can go and remember him.

I’ve been wanting to do something a little different this Memorial Day for his grave and to help others remember him, as well.

Yesterday I went to Facebook and asked those who knew him to send me one word that best described Jeremy to them.  I got so many incredible replies.  Many could not think of just one word, but two or three.  I even had a few who didn’t even know him give me a word like “loved” and “adored”.  How awesome is that!

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I’m making pennant flags to cover Jeremy’s grave.  Each flag will have a word that his family and friends all shared with me.  I want to show everyone who visits or passes by what a terrific and loving person he was.  But, especially, I want Jeremy to know how loved he is!  I know he will be there in spirit.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated.  This experience has brought me so much joy.

Dru About Dru

There are so many things I could say but I will just start with the basics. Mother to 4. Grandmother to 11 (Yes, 11. All under the age of 9.) I am a former Army wife and we spent 15 years traveling around the world. It was such a thrill to have seen so many places and meeting lifetime friends. I spent many years working in the craft industry and love getting together with friends and creating. I have a lifelong love of thrift shops, antiques, and yard sales.

Comments

  1. I think this is a wonderful way to honor your son, and so cute too! I’m pinning this idea, so I can use it at my father’s grave next year. Thank you for sharing this and thank you for linking up to The Creative Exchange.

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