Belles Buzz: Memorial Day Wreaths

On May 27, 2016 by admin

While in the area on some Belles business, Emily and I stopped for a visit at Chicago’s Rosehill Cemetery.  We sort of have this love for afternoons walking among the stones, appreciating the calm beauty but also taking in the rich history.  If you’re interested in this kind of thing, the cemetery has many noteworthy sites and you can learn more about them here: http://bit.ly/1TEUJaw

During our visit, we came upon a Civil War memorial.  I was struck by the sunlight coming through the tree, and snapped this picture.  We stood there a while, thinking about those Veterans and had a little moment of silence.  I was reminded of this image as we are jumping into the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  We thought we ‘d share in the spirit of the holiday.

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Fun fact: Did you know that the holiday we know as Memorial Day, began in the late 1860’s as Decoration Day?  On the 30th of May each year, people would gather to honor and celebrate the memories of the departed, by decorating their graves.  Originally Decoration Day was meant to honor those lost in the Civil War, but after the casualties of World War I, the holiday was adapted to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.  It wasn’t until 1971 that the government made Memorial Day a federal holiday, and changed it’s observance the last Monday in May.  Not only are the graves of military still decorated this time of year, but now many Americans celebrate with parades, tributes, and family gatherings.

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We had the pleasure of participating in a celebration that will take place in Streamwood, IL this weekend.  This time 25 years ago, the Village of Streamwood unveiled a Veteran’s Memorial, honoring all 5 branches of our Armed Forces.  To commemorate that occasion,  they have a newly commissioned statue to add to their veteran’s tribute at village hall.  The Battlefield Cross statue will be unveiled at a special Memorial Day Ceremony, and we had the pleasure of making some wreaths for the event.

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We sure hope these red, white and blue beauties will help add some some patriotic flair to the party, and we look forward to seeing photos from the event.  For a lot of us, this weekend is the unofficial kick-off to summer.  We get that, we’re ready for some fun in the sun, too.  Just be safe around those BBQs, put on sunscreen, and dont eat too much junk.  But also, if at least for a moment, remember those who gave everything, and say a little ‘Thank You’ for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.  We dont know them all, but we owe them all!

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