thoughts of memorial day 2011

this memorial day was bittersweet for us.  years past in WA every memorial day we would take flowers to Jeffs gpa and gma grave.  i remember the first time i went with him and even after we married and started a family we'd do the same.  every year.  this year, as we start a new chapter in our lives.  we were able to take flowers to my gpa and gma's grave.  i had a granny pass in jan so very tender to speak of her.

we have friends who camp for memorial day, which may seem the thing to do for a long weekend.  we never have.  i cherish the moment i can take flowers and pay respect to our passed loved ones.  this year our children was able to hear new stories about their family history.
this is my great grandpa... i love how it reads... husb. of ....

my fav memorial day poem...
God Bless Our Native Land
by Frances E. W. Harper

God bless our native land,
Land of the newly free,
Oh may she ever stand
For truth and liberty.

God bless our native land,
Where sleep our kindred dead,
Let peace at thy command
Above their graves be shed.

God help our native land,
Bring surcease to her strife,
And shower from thy hand
A more abundant life.

God bless our native land,
Her homes and children bless,
Oh may she ever stand
For truth and righteousness.