The Red, White, and Blue

On this Memorial Day weekend, we reflect on the meaning of the holiday…. honoring those who lost lives while serving in the armed forces. First known as Decoration Day, the remembrance began with the Civil War when graves of fallen Union soldiers were decorated with flags, flowers or wreaths. It has now evolved into a 3-day holiday with patriotic parades, concerts, and speeches honoring servicemembers who have sacrificed so much, but it also signifies the beginning of summer with cookouts, pool openings, and festive celebrations. It remains one of the busiest driving days of the year.

Members of our garden club gathered to clean, weed, trim shrubbery, and plant flowers around our Exeter NH bandstand in time for Memorial Day. The patriotic parade will pass by on Monday on the way to Gale Park where there will be guest speakers, gun salute, wreath and flag ceremonies. Hundreds of locals will be there to watch and walk with the parade to its destination.

To see photos from an earlier Memorial Day parade and ceremony in Exeter, please click HERE.

Exeter Bandstand-Memorial Day 2017

As I walked through my garden this morning, I paused to take a look at our blooms of red, white, and blue for this weekend, helping me remember the heartache of those families who share in tragic loses. How wonderful it would be if all humanity evolved to the point that wars were not needed, violence against one another ceased, and peace prevailed around the world. Sigh….

 

5 thoughts on “The Red, White, and Blue

    • I must admit that the aesthetics of this small town was a determining factor in choosing where to settle. In a small way, it reminded me of my hometown. I also love that we are close enough to walk to town!

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    • Thank you. The parade begins soon under overcast skies and possible rain… but I’m sure it’ll be a well-attended event, rain or shine. I’ll be there!

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  1. Much obliged for making a trip to visit my modest blog. Have a protected and lovely Memorial Day. I am certain the work you have done around the band stand will be valued! Cheers for the Red, White and Blue…

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