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A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THAT HAVE SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN WHATEVER CAPACITY AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILIES AND FIRENDS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THEM.

May we all take a moment of silence and pray for those who have served, those that are serving and those brave men and women who have lost their lives to protect us.

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This Memorial Day Was Different For Me. How Was Yours?

 

This Memorial Day Was Different For Me.

How Was Yours?

Memorial Day is such a significant day and touches people in powerful ways, making us slow down and not take life for granted.

This year Memorial weekend was different for me. I was more emotional the week or so prior in anticipation of the holiday.  I have such great respect for all our Veterans and their families who have or are currently severing to protect all of us in the United States.  Our news channels here in Minnesota, have been covering that an organization will be putting a single Memorial Day flag at each grave site at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.  This will be the first time in 35 years, there will be a flag placed with everyone laid to rest at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for Memorial Day. 

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Memorial Day always takes me back to thoughts of my Father who I so greatly miss.  He has been gone since 2001, and what I wouldn’t do to have him back in my life again.  Dad served our country and then he served our family and his various circles of friends.  He had a rich life when it came to family and friends.  He was a good man all the way around and a wonderful example of how to treat others.  I salute you Dad and I hope you know how much you are missed and loved. 

Dad on my wedding day.

This year, in addition to all the soldier’s, we have lost, I felt the pain of people struggling with the loss of their loved ones who have passed or are in the end stages of life.  Comments on social media for many were deep and raw, for others cryptic and gnawing, but none the less painful, unsettled and grieving.   

For me, my Mother falls into this category.  She did not serve our country through one of our armed services, but she did serve her family, friends and community at large in many ways.  Mom has been gone 4 years now after losing her 30 year battle with dementia.  She too was a warrior in her own way.   

My Mom in her end stage of dementia, but joy filled her soul through music

For both of my parents I feel a tremendous loss, as I’m sure each Veteran who has passed has a field of family and friends who feel the pangs of loss and love.  I so love that here in Minnesota people are working together to make a huge inclusive statement to honor our Vets by placing flags on each and every grave.  The site of this alone is powerful and breath-taking. It’s something I would love to see every cemetery do.  Not only does it show respect, but it makes an important statement that each and every life has value and that value never fades.

May we join together today and in the days ahead, feeling graced to have had those we have lost our lives to begin with, knowing with great love and respect comes great grief and loss which leaves a void.  A void which can only be refilled with love and compassion.  So do something to share your story of love, loss, grief and compassion.  Let others know how important your Veteran was to you. Share their story and how they touched you. 

May we learn to cherish our relationships,

value the opportunities life gives us

and live with an attitude of gratitude.


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Memorial Day Weekend – Thoughts of Loss and Legacy

Memorial Day Weekend –

flagThoughts of Loss and Legacy

As I sit at the lake overlooking the glistening water, I can hear the loons sing and the leaves whisper in the breath of the breeze.  The cabin, was my parents’ home.  Their and pride and joy.   They loved every blade of grass, each deck board and shingle.  They would reminisce about each tree planted, the hummingbirds as they returned annually to dance in their windows and the eagles that soared overhead.  The cabin, their home triggers strong memories for me and my family. lake 1My Father has been gone since 2001, but it feels like yesterday I was visiting with him.  When I sit in my Father’s recliner or walk on the steps going down to the lake I still feel my Dads presence.  I see him working in the sun alongside my brother and his friends positioning each rail road tie, hearing the ting, ting as the sledge hammer hits a post securing the beams.  I see them gather to have a beer, gaze at their work and share a joke.  I see my mother watching them like hawk, yet preparing food for the boys hard at work knowing they will soon be hungry. 2013-04-18 10It’s been a year and one half since Mom passed, but much longer since she has been able to come to the cabin due to her dementia.  I see her various collections throughout the cabin and open the vanity and get a rush of her favorite perfume, “Timeless.”  I see her prized ceramic pieces set around the house… a soup tureen on a hutch, a lion by the patio door and visualize her large Christmas tree which she used to store in her closet but now has a new home with my holiday decorations.  Each makes me smile, remembering how she loved taking ceramic classes and the times we shared doing it together.  I can see her sitting in the livingroom, just absorbing nature and I feel her peacefulness presence. lv dr  1 It’s hard to believe we have the cabin for sale.  I’ve been coming here for over forty years.  It’s large piece of my life, yet I’ve had to accept things have changed.  My parents aren’t physically here.  I’m pulled at were to be on this Memorial weekend.  Here at the cabin were I feel their presence or in town visiting the cemetery.  I chose the lake as they would never miss a holiday weekend. As I sit here soaking in all the memories, reliving many exceptional times it made me think what Memorial Day means to me.  I know it is meant for our service men and women, but I believe it triggers remarkable moments we have had with all the people in our lives. flag memorial dayThis is how Memorial Day touches me personally.  Although my Father was a Veteran, my Mother was not.  Each is equally important to me and I mean no disrespect in any way to those that have served us so well.  I want to extend a heartfelt Thank You filled with gratitude to each Veteran who has made such great sacrifices and committed to keeping us safe. Each is a beautiful gift to the world and those you have served.

These Words Below Represent Memorial Day To Me

M – Magnified And

E – Everlasting

M – Moments.

O – Officially

R – Remarkable.

I – Integrated And Life

A – Affirming To Our Hearts

L – Legacies Of Love.

D – Delicious

A – Adventures Which Are

Y – Yours To Keep Forever.

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Memorial Day

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First and foremost I want to say

“THANK YOU!”

This post is to honor all the men and women who have served our country. Your selfless acts to protect and serve the needs of our country is more than just honorable. It’s life changing for all of us. You have given us the gift of freedom one which ripples throughout our life and transcends to our children, and their children.

So often I feel a disconnect between the risks and commitment you take on to serve us. I truly appreciate your dedication and its impact. Most of society has gotten used to an immediate cause and effect. So much of what you stand for is to maintain what we have. Many people seem not to see or feel the wonder of freedom and privileges we have until they are lost.

A sad statement to who we have become.

So let me again say “THANK YOU.  EACH ONE OF YOU WHO HAVE SERVED  IN OUR HONOR. THANK YOU FOR THE RISKS YOU HAVE TAKEN FOR US.”

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

By: Michelle Remold

Tomorrow is Memorial Day. It’s a day when we remember those who have served our country in the military. As my family was decorating my grandfather’s grave today, I can’t help but think about him as he had such a profound effect on me. My grandpa served in World War II. Although I was fairly young, I can still remember some of the stories he told me about serving in the army.

When I was in second grade, my teacher gave us an assignment to write about someone that was our hero. I chose my grandpa. I can remember drawing a picture of him in his army clothes and writing ever so carefully on the lined paper, “My Hero is my Grandpa .” At the time I wrote about how my grandpa was in World War II, told me stories about the war, and showed me things he had from the war. Most of all the last words I wrote were “he is very special to me.”

However, as my grandpa got older, he developed Alzheimer’s. Even then he was my hero. He lived with Alzheimer’s for a little more than ten years. As I watched the disease progress and think back, I realize that he was still my hero. Living with Alzheimer’s, he still managed to smile and laugh every time we visited him.

In my mind, I will forever be the little girl who was attached to my grandpa’s hip and holding his hand when he was around. As I write this, the song “Wind Beneath My Wings” is playing in my mind. Each time I hear this song, I realize that my grandpa will always be my hero and the number one person I look up to. As I continue on my journey of working in the Gerontology field, my grandpa will continue to be ‘the wind beneath my wings.’

???????????????????????????????Michelle graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts in Gerontology: Social Sciences and a minor in Family Studies. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Aging Studies and Nursing Home Administration from Minnesota State University Mankato.

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