On Monday we had the privilege of watching the Memorial Day parade on Main Street in Our Little Town. As the young and old veterans walked behind the high school band playing the school fight song, and the Boy Scouts roaming around trying to stay in formation behind the mayor, and the vintage cars cruised slowly along beeping their old horns, I was reminded of a new song that my teenage daughter listens to every time we are in the car these days.
“May we all get to grow up in our red white and blue little town . . . . May we all get to see those fields of green turn gold – Watch a marching band play with the harvest moon coming up . . .” * Even though it might not be “cool” by some people’s standards, living in our own “red white and blue little town” certainly offers us all of the blessings that we want in life.
Later on in the evening we walked over to the courthouse square to participate in a flag retirement ceremony sponsored by the local US Marine Corps veterans. As the men’s choir sang “Glory, glory hallelujah, His truth is marching on,” and an elderly veteran, leaning on his cane, made his way to the microphone to offer a prayer of gratitude for our freedom, I found myself with tears streaming down my cheeks. Then, suddenly startled by the loud “BANG” of a 21-gun salute, I was in awe of these men who had served our country to protect our country.
As they read the list of those who were no longer with us here in Our Little Town, there was a hushed silence as the smoke rose from the furnace in the center of the crowd for the honorable disposal of flags that have flown over the graves of the those men and women from our community. And then, from the top of the stairs leading up to our court house, a young woman stood and played Taps. With all of the ceremonial display of loyalty, sacrifice, honor, and service to our country, we celebrated our nation and those who have sacrificed so much to protect our liberty and freedoms. I was honored to have the opportunity to witness such a moving ceremony.
So in celebration of the Red, White, and Blue this week, I found several fun ideas for DIY projects and recipes that will keep us focused on the gift and blessing we have been given as citizens of this country. Take a look at some of the great blog posts I discovered in my travels!
* Song lyrics from “May we all” by Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw
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