"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Monday, May 26, 2014

Remembering With Thanks








Although my husband, Louis, did not die in combat, his life was greatly impacted by the seven years he served in the USA Navy.  That impact helps me to appreciate even more the service of those in the military who have given their lives to help protect and promote freedom and peace.

Today, on Memorial Day, I am remembering with thanks those who gave their lives, those who served, and I am remembering with thanks those who are serving in the military, like my young, great-nephew, Matthew, who is serving in Afghanistan.


Gracie xx


25 comments:

  1. We have much to be thankful for.

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  2. Beautiful Gracie and will remember along with you ♥

    Last comment seemed to not go through xo

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  3. Beautiful Gracie. I am remembering those who have served also. What a beautiful resting place for your beloved. Thank you for sharing this most private moment with us.

    I also hope you and all of your family have recovered from the flu that attacked your house. I've been praying for all of you.
    Blessings my friend,
    Betsy

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  4. Louis sure is in a beautiful spot, my friend. I am sure he loved seeing you there. My mom is in a crypt there. I just realized that we had made a tradition of visiting her on her birthday and we just missed it! I think we need to correct that. Gorgeous photos. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Thank you to Louis for his service. His burial spot is in a beautiful, scenic place and I'm sure it would make him very happy.

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  6. Beautiful cemetery photos Gracie and great verse/inscription! My DH served during the Vietnam era also, although he was never deployed there. Thank you to your husband and your great-nephew Matthew for their service. May God bless and watch over Matthew and all the other men and women currently in service both overseas and here in the States.
    Blessings,
    Aimee

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  7. That an amazing sight all those flags. It does make you think and appreciate the sacrifice others have made especially when members of your own family have been in the armed services. Sarah x

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  8. Well done Gracie.
    Hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  9. Beautiful photos Gracie and a moving post. I pray that your great nephew Matthew will return safely. Hugs Anne x

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  10. Ah yes, we have so much and so many to be thankful for Gracie - special thanks to Louis and Matthew and to you dear lady for sharing your special thoughts and pics! Love and blessings, Joy xo

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  11. A very moving post Gracie. We don't have memorial day here, but did have a bank holiday on Monday.

    Helenxx

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  12. Very moving post and beautiful photos as always. I hope you are feeling all the way better now, Gracie.

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  13. So beautiful, Gracie. Saying prayers for Matthew. *hugs*

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  14. A beautiful and moving tribute, dear Gracie. The pictures are wonderful, the sight of so many flags is very touching and you have captured the special atmosphere.
    Helen xox

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  15. Hi Gracie, I'm so sorry I didn't know your husband had died :-( I'd like to send you a big hug from across the pond xxx

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  16. gracie, thanks for sharing the view from cemetery, I'm assuming it's Willamette National? Been there quite a few times. Sweet memories of your husband still live on and am grateful for all service men and women for their sacrifice. I need to know how to follow your blog since I can't find a way to do it. Hugs my friend and I appreciate your husband's military service. Prayers!

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    1. Hi, Becky! On my Google Reader I have lots of blogs I want to follow, but it seems like the only way I actually succeed in following anyone is by putting their blog on my blogroll. I recently deleted my friends/followers app, when I was trying to update my blog, but maybe I need to put it back in the sidebar. The technical side of blogging is not my strength, but I am learning and really love participating in the process. Thanks for your comments! xx

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  17. Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado, te invito a ver el mio, esta semana decoramos y reciclamos todo un arte, espero que te guste y si es asi y no eres seguidora espero que te hagas ahora, gracias por visitarme. Elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

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  18. A beautiful post Gracie. It's both heartbreaking and heartwarming to see all those flags....

    Thanks to your husband your great-nephew for serving. We appreciate it.

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  19. Such beautiful images, although bittersweet, too. My father was a Marine in Vietnam when I was born and then served a second tour of duty. My uncle was a Lt. Commander in the Navy. Two uncles served in the Army. Even my mom was in the Marines when she met my dad. My cousin's son was here the end of last year with 12 guys from Michigan who were stationed here first and then went on to Afghanistan. He is back home now. Sure would be nice if the whole world could live in peace. Wishing you a wonderful day. Tammy

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  20. A bittersweet post, and particularly so as I am reading it on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. I know that many in the USA make a habit of thanking those presently in the armed forces for their service as well as commemorating those who fell. We don't generally do the former here but its about time we did, so thank you to both the men you're honouring here.

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  21. The news has been full of D-Day ceremonies and memories this week, some very moving indeed. I think you are much better at honouring currently serving members of the armed forces in the US - the emphasis in the UK is always on remembering those who served in the past. Beautiful images for a thought provoking post. x

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  22. Hi Gracie, I am on a road trip so I'm not checking blogs much. But I have to comment and thank you for posting the photos of Willamette National Cemetery. Both of my parents are buried there. So thanks for showing me the flags flying there.

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  23. As a forces wife it warms my heart to see how many Americans value their armed forces.

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  24. Such a beautiful sight on Memorial Day. I live very close to there and I tried to g there for a little bit evry Memorial Day?.. Thank you Gracie for such a nice service and thank you for your husband's service.

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