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Saturday, May 25, 2013


It has been said that freedom doesn’t come without a price, but some have paid a much higher price than others of us.

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Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Some have lost limbs, or sight, or hearing.  Others suffer daily from the psychological and biological effects of war.  Bargain Hunting with Laurie

And then, there are those who lost their lives, fighting for our freedom.  A freedom we tend to take for granted.  A freedom we don’t think about often enough.   

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On Memorial Day, we remember and give thanks for those whose lives were cut short so that we could be free.

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For each of those who gave their lives, and those who live a life of less quality because of their fight for freedom, there is a family, and there are loved ones, who also suffer, and I also acknowledge their sacrifice.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

To the men and women who have served and are serving in the United States military, I give you my heartfelt thank you.  To the spouses, mothers, fathers, children, and friends, who stay behind and worry about, and even bury their loved ones, I give you my heartfelt thank you.

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God bless America.

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Land of the free and the brave.

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I thank God that my sweetheart, who was sent to Viet Nam during our third year of marriage, returned to me whole.  On Memorial Day, as I remember and honor those heroes who have paid such a high price, I will include those heroes who have had to continue their life journey without their loved one, or those who continue their life journey with a loved one who has been broken by their service to our country.   laurie

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Terra said...

Beautiful display and tribute to our heroes.

ellen b. said...

Wonderful tribute Laurie!

Sarah said...

Beautiful tribute, Laurie. Hope your weekend is filled with joy.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

That is just so lovely Laurie, and touching too!
You have such a great eye and creative ideas that all come together so nicely.
Happy Memorial Day,

Tammy's in Love said...

Love all your art pieces along with the adorable flag banners! I'm keeping up my colors thru July 4th! Patriotic holidays!

The Tablescaper said...

Beautiful tribute.

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Mary Ann said...

Brava! Love your post, and as an Army wife (retired) I really, really appreciate your sentiments! Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love your mantel, Laurie!! Very Festive!!


Dorinda said...

Hi Laurie - I'm a new follower of your blog !! I just loved your patriotic mantel - so inspiring ! God Bless your husband and thank him for his service to our great country <3 My uncle volunteered for a mission in WWII and his plane disappeared over Belgium and was never found :( Memorial Day is a very special holiday to me and you really hit the mark with your mantel Hugs, Dorinda

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, beautiful tribute to the many who made and continue to make sacrifices everyday in the name of freedom.
Your mantel is a wonderful display.
Happy Memorial Day
XO Celestina Marie

Perfectly Printed said...

Lovely tribute to all who serve and have served in the military!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

A very nice tribute!
Hope you enjoyed your weekend.

m'lin said...

Just beautiful. Love to decorate patriotically!