Memorial Day Poem

I’m re-posting this poem, a prayer, from last Memorial Day with an added line.


In this year,

an historic year

of a global pandemic,

economic and educational disparities,

racial and religious hatred,

ideological and political divides,

innocence and freedom terrorized,

and our beautiful, irreplaceable earth

in deep trouble,

remember those who have served our country

and those who still do,

sons and daughters

whose families long to embrace them

and welcome them home.

Amen.

Honoring Memorial Day and My Son, Deployed

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial

Progression of Time and Career

I am re-posting this Memorial Day post with an addition–an amazing photo! It’s my 1st Lieutenant son’s United States Army Infantry platoon. They are deployed to the Middle East, and we are anxious to find out when they will return.

Re-post:

In 2005, my brother took my almost twelve-year old son to Washington D.C.  I came across these photos of their day together and thought they were a fitting send-off to my son who is in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) for the United Stated Army while he studies at a university.

He’s leaving today for mountaineering training in a country very far from home.  I could say how anxious I am about this trip, how world events and politics are sad and disheartening, how I get nauseous thinking about his future, and how much I love him and want him safe and happy.  Instead I’ll  leave you with these photographs.

the Capital
United States Capitol

Washington Monument
Washington Monument

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Statue
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Statue

military helicopter
Military helicopter

Almost twelve-years old.
Almost twelve-years old

high altitude rescue training
High altitude rescue training

contracted
Contracted.

My son with proud dad and sister.
Proud dad and sister at an Army function.

And now, for the amazing photo…

United States Army Infantry Platoon.

Memorial Day 2015

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial

Memorial Day 2015

This is a post from 2013 with a few additions.

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One of the 9/11 Memorial Reflecting Pools in Manhattan.
One of the 9/11 Memorial Reflecting Pools in Manhattan. 

In 2005, my brother took my almost twelve-year old son to Washington D.C.  I came across these photos of their day together.  My son is in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) for the United Stated Army while he studies at a university.

the Capital
United States Capitol

Washington Monument
Washington Monument

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Statue
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Statue

military helicopter
military helicopter

My son with proud dad and sister.
Proud dad and sister at an Army function.

Me and my son.
2015:  Me and my son.

Highlights Parents Memorial Day Ideas

Me, Hubby and two daughters. Lucy looks winded from our walk along the Hudson River in Manhattan.
Me, Hubby and two daughters. Lucy looks winded from our walk along the Hudson River in Manhattan.

Top Ten (plus One) Ideas of What to Do Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is coming up and I have ideas of what to do.  Eleven, in fact.  Here’s a link to  my 1st article published in Highlights Parents online magazine titled 11 Crazy-Fun Ideas to Make Memorial Day Weekend Special.

Have a nice holiday, hon!

Honoring Memorial Day and My Son

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.
Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.

Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial

In 2005, my brother took my almost twelve-year old son to Washington D.C.  I came across these photos of their day together and thought they were a fitting send-off to my son who is in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) for the United Stated Army while he studies at a university.

He’s leaving today for mountaineering training in a country very far from home.  I could say how anxious I am about this trip, how world events and politics are sad and disheartening, how I get nauseous thinking about his future, and how much I love him and want him safe and happy.  Instead I’ll  leave you with these photographs.

the Capital
United States Capitol

Washington Monument
Washington Monument

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Statue
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Statue

military helicopter
military helicopter

Almost twelve-years old.
almost twelve-years old

high altitude rescue training
high altitude rescue training

contracted
Contracted.

My son with proud dad and sister.
Proud dad and sister at an Army function.