Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

This day is coming to a close and I wanted to get my post in as I do every Memorial Day.   I love that we have a holiday to honor our heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can have the freedoms in this country that we sometimes take for granted.  I know many enjoy this long weekend.  I sure do! Jack and I went to the cemetery on Saturday to put new decorations on his parent's graves and also to see the beautiful flags on all the graves of service men and women.   I didn't have my camera so no pics of that,but today, as I usually do, I went to the parade downtown.  The weather has been pretty warm for this time of year up here.   In the 90's today and that's not Jack's cup of tea at all.  He had been up with the chickens and did work on our garden before the heat kicked in but decided to pass on standing in the sun for the parade. 
It was pretty typical of our small town celebration.  Not as many participants as in the past.  Not sure why but I enjoyed it anyway.
The high school band sounded good as they played patriotic marches.
The flowers that are donated and kept up so beautifully all Summer are looking fabulous this year.
I love how hard many folks try to keep our downtown looking pretty and inviting.  It's hard to have a thriving business community in these small towns.  I remember when we moved here back in the 70's.  The downtown had many stores and it was always busy.  That was before Wal-Mart and malls and now we have the internet that also has hurt even the big malls and box stores.   Cute cafes and antique stores seem to be the new downtown draw for tourists and locals.  We do have a little of both.  So as the day comes to a close I know Jack and I are both tired as we spent the rest of our day off planting our garden, painting, and getting all our deck furniture down from the garage loft.   I hope everyone had a chance to thank a service man or woman and pay respects for this special day.  I guess it's time to let Summer begin!


betty said...

Sounded like a busy time for you! Glad you had a chance to go to the parade; sad though less participants. It is hard to see downtowns losing business when mega stores, etc., come to the town. Summer indeed is upon us; may it be a great one for you and yours!


Shady Del Knight said...

That's a beautiful header, YaYa! Thank you for reminding us of the sacrifices of our service men and women.

The weather pulled a prank on us Sunday. We had planned to host a cookout and had invited family members who live north of us. With the tropical storm threatening and the forecast bleak, we needed to cancel our plans. As it turned out the storm was not much of a factor in our part of the peninsula and the day turned out mostly sunny and breezy. Mrs. Shady was very upset that we scrapped our family gathering for nothing. I can't believe the temp has skyrocketed into the 90s up there. It was only a couple weeks ago that you were plagued with late season snowfall. From this point on through the rest of the summer, there could be many days when it is hotter in Ohio than it is here in Florida because we have the breeze from the Gulf Of Mexico to cool us down a little.

Your town is indeed clean looking and those flowers are gorgeous. I hope you have a wonderful summer at The Pines with lots of happy grandkiddos and granddogs visiting.

Thank you very much for the kind words you offered for Kathleen Mae Schneider, YaYa. I know they gave her comfort. Kathleen is replying to all comments on my blog this week and should be able to get to yours sometime today, so please keep checking back. Thank you again for being such a caring and faithful friend!

acorn hollow said...

our day was over cast and cool. our little town had a very small memorial.

Rick Watson said...

I love our downtown area now. It’s encouraging to go to a Reataurant at night and when you walk out, there are people still our walking around going to hear live music.
Happy belated Memorial Day.

Julia said...

Happy Belated Memorial day. It's sad that there is less participant than last year but at least there are still some who come to participate. I don't blame Jack for not wanting to be in the 90℉ heat.
I always love seeing the downtown decorated with lots of flowers. Our downtown had become a bit dead but it has been revitalized and is now a busy place again especially in the summer.

Have a great rest of the week.
Hugs, Julia

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Yes! I'm nearly done all the planting, so let summer begin!

I hope you've been well and that Spring has been kind.

Have a great week,

CHERI said...

I'm so very thankful for our veterans and soldiers. Each year for Memorial Day my church has a special and very moving service. Lots of our local veterans & soldiers are honored. It always makes my heart swell and my eyes water!

Donna said...

Jax and I went to the parade too. He got tired of waiting and said, "Lets get outta here" as sweat dripped down both of our faces. We stuck it out till the exciting end though......