In Memory Mosaic

Filed Under Family, Memories | 34 comments

I took an early drive this morning with my camera to catch some quiet shots and great lighting. As I drove I passed a local cemetery and noticed how lovely it was dressed.

Spring has flown by without even really making an appearance, so you can understand that I had almost  forgotten it was Memorial Day.

Memorial day traditionally has been celebrated to honor those who have given their lives for us in the line of duty. But for many years it’s been a day to celebrate any of those who have left this earthy time with us. I love how we decorate our grave yards.


My cute Dad passed away a couple of years ago– He served his country and was blessed to be able to return to his family.

My thoughtful sister put together this collage for my Mom and Dad years ago and it has been quite a treasure.


I love how the young men “back then” had such pride in how they dressed.  🙂 Look at that cute way he tipped his hat.  So darn handsome.

Sadly not all come home. This photo was take byTHECoachesWife and posted on Flickr.  This is of the American Cemetery in France.


Luckily there are many more who do come home to a hero’s welcome.

This fantastic shot was by HISBRIDE — obviously he is his son’s HERO for sure.

I am so thankful to live in a beautiful country who so many have sacrificed so much so we could be free.  Thankful to all of the families who have given the ultimate sacrifce — I will never be able to thank you, but my hearts is bursting with pride every time I see a man or woman in uniform.

Some days I really worry about where our great country  is heading — but I also know that the American people are more awake than ever and will not let her fall.

The song highlighted today is a favorite of mine… Private Andrew Malone.

Happy Memorial Day everyone!


PS… Stop by Mary’s place — LittleRedHouse is celebrating Mosaic Monday again.



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May 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Family, Memories | 34 comments


34 responses to “In Memory Mosaic”

  1. Hello Claudia
    A heartfelt tribute to the courageous men and women in the services.  I have a shadow box that my Dad had made with his war medals and a photo of him in his navy gear and now that he is gone, it is a real family treasure.

  2. Valerie says:

    A very beautiful tribute!  My dad was overseas in WWII as well. I treasure the photos and extremely few times he talked about what went on over there. It was so hard for him to remember and verbalize. So many things our parents kept to themselves.
    Thanks for sharing so beautifully.

  3. jeanne says:

    Beautiful tribute. I find myself drawn to cemetaries to see how they’re “dressed” and to read the stories of those who passed. Hope you’re enjoying your holiday weekend Claudia.

  4. Snap says:

    Claudia,  Gorgeous tribute to your father and to those who serve this country. God Bless the USA! Well done!

  5. ldh says:

    Enjoyed your photo’s this Memorial Day weekend!  Yes, very cute picture of your dad.  You two sure look alike… same smile (grin),

  6. ellen b says:

    This really is a lovely tribute Claudia! What a handsome man your father was…

  7. Jill says:

    Lovely post! Your father was indeed a “cutie”!

  8. A Garden of Threads says:

    What a wonderful tribute for Memorial Day. My son returned from Afghanistan a year ago, but some of the young men I saw off did not return and I think of them often. Thank you for your words of support from a Military Mom in Canada.

  9. What a wonderful tribute to your father. I’ve posted a tribute to my brother on my blog…Memorial Day has always been an important holiday for us. God Bless our Troops.

  10. Carol says:

    Beautiful tribute!  A great post, very heartfelt and touching!

  11. Claudie says:

    I see where you got your looks from girlfriend. Beautiful tribute. I can tell you loved your dad a lot. I miss mine soooooooo much and it’s been over 30 years.
    Had a lovely day in Montreal with my sister and sister Lolotte. We celebrated her 89th birthday. Lovely!
    Hope your feeling better and BTW…. love the song choice.
    Love Ya
    Love Claudie

  12. Meri says:

    Hi Claudia:
    Wonderful tribute to your father. It’s so important to write down these memories so they don’t slip away.

  13. Di says:

    Our cemeteries truly are beautiful… and all year long.  They are just a bit more glorious on this special day of the year.
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  14. Lana G! says:

    What a wonderful tribute!  LOVE IT!!

  15. Shelia says:

    Hi Claudia! Oh, this was a wonderful post! Sorry to hear of the loss of your Daddy. Mine passed away in Dec. 1997. He served too and came home to his family. Your Daddy was a doll. I’m like you, why can’t young men today have a little pride in the way they dress? Well, I know some do, but you know what I mean.
    That’s a sweet collage your sister made.
    Hope your long weekend is going well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  16. Beeb says:

    Thanks for remembering our wonderful Dad. He was an honorable man his whole entire life. He has been gone now for 3 1/2 years. He died on Claudias birthday. I know it was hard on Claudia when he passed on her birthday, but now I think we all think it as an honor.
    God Bless our Wonderful Service Men an Women.
    Take the time to thank them when you see them. Happy Memorial Day America!!
    Love you Deeda!! Beeb

  17. Glenda says:

    Well, it’s just wonderful to see a picture of your “cute” little daddy…He was a cutie and I know you treasured him…he looks mighty snappy in that uniform, too.
    You did  a wonderful tribute to him…
    my Daddy had a spot on his lung they didn’t know what was, so they would’nt take him…
    Gosh, he sure was mad…his baby brother is buried in France…
    ps. I tried so hard to link back to your Finding Beauty post, but no luck..maybe I’ll try again.
    till later, friend,

  18. Eileen says:

    A lovely tribute to your father and all the other US servicemen.  MY father was a WW II vet.

  19. Even though I am an Aussie I loved you post as we all need to honour our servicemen and women who have served to ensure our freedom. Thank you!
    Best wishes,

  20. Candy says:

    Absolutely lovely post. And you dad was quite the cutie 😉
    Sorry to hear you being under the weather lately but hope all is on the mend. I have been well but life has been full. We moved my MIL into a retirement home the first of May and was and is more emotion than elbow grease work.  Moving isn’t easy for most and especially for her but she is also a trooper and making the most of every day.
    Happy Memories and Blessings 😉

  21. Amanda says:

    Hi Claudia,

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful tribute to your dad.

  22. Thanks for a wonderful mosaic. It touched my heart. My father also served in WWII. I also worry about the direction the US is headed, but we are strong and I just know in my heart the american people will stand up for what we know to be right. Thanks Claudia.

  23. Mary Lou says:

    What a beautiful post. I loved the old photos and your dad was cute!
    My hubby is retired military so this means a lot.
    Thank you.

  24. Vee says:

    Love the jaunty tip of your dad’s cap! So many who came home still struggled through a lifetime of memories so they are every bit the heros that those who gave all are for, in reality, they gave the remainder of their lives, too. Lovely mosaics and how beautifully the cemetery has been tended for this day. Blessings to you this Memorial Day!

  25. Jacque says:

    What nice pictures of your dad!  Just like I remember him.  Love the flowers, as well!  You’re the best!
    love ya!

  26. Sharon says:

    Such a wonderful tribute to our dad.  It makes me smile when I remember that picture.
    He was in my thoughts all day today.  I hope he and Derek have run into each other.
    We went out today to Dereks’ grave and they had a wonderful tribute to those who have served our country .  The sound of taps always tugs at my heart and I  alway shed a tear or two.

    I loved your flowers…so fun.  I wish I had a green thumb like  my other two sisters have.
    I think of you often and wish I was down there with you.  I love you soooo much

    Hugs and Kisses

  27. REGINA says:

    Such  moving and beautiful tribute.  And a wonderful memory  of your dad.

    A blessed Memorial Day Claudia.
    Have a great week.

  28. How very, very special!!!  What wonderful special memories you have in pictures…thank you for helping me to remember the family members who have passed on and given so much.  Such precious memories!

  29. Tina says:

    Lovely post Claudia…thankyou so much for visiting my blog x

  30. Claudia,
    Thank you for the touching tribute to the soldiers and for sharing the wonderful vintage photographs of your father. I was pleased to see so many posts on Memorial day honoring our men and women in the Armed forces.
    Your Friend,

  31. Kim says:

    Claudia, I loved this post. I got teary eyed.  It has touched me.  Thank you for writing about your father.

  32. Hi Claudia, Your family memory section is wonderful, such wonderful photos.  For today I am focusing on one of my favorite outdoors spot along our river.  It can be found athttp:naturetrails and  Enjoy the great outdoors as we ease into summer.  Have a wonderful weekend.  Ann

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