Monday, May 26, 2008

remembrance...



(memorial day in our town)

crosses are set up each year in our central park in memory of all those hendersonians who served in the armed forces and have since died. our local american legion has always been in charge of this great undertaking. they have seen to it that all the crosses have been erected and that new names have been added to the crosses each year.

it has always been up to friends and family members to decorate (place flowers, flags, pictures, etc.) at each of the crosses. up until the last few years an elderly couple, herb and jane hoffman, in our community have gone to the park with artificial flowers in tow and have decorated each empty cross so that no veteran's cross would go undecorated... unnoticed.

given that mrs. hoffman died recently, and mr. hoffman is no longer physically able, the legion now sees to it that every cross has at least a small american flag attached.

it is a really quite beautiful, serene sight to behold...

love and God's blessings,
dani xx

32 comments:

Amanda said...

Such a waste of a young life. It breaks my heart when i hear daily that another soldier has been killed. May all the brave soldiers that have died in conflict be at peace resting with God.
Hope you had a lovely Memorial Day.
l,
Amanda x

Tabitha said...

We have our rememberance day here in November. I agree with Amanda, all that loss of life is sad. My Father was in the army and a boyfriend of mine was killed in Northern Ireland during the troubles (I was only 17 he was 19).
Prayers to all those families who have lost a loved one.
Love ~ Tabitha XXX

Amanda said...

Tabitha, i'm so sorry for you.

dani said...

amanda,
all casualties of war are, indeed, heartbreaking...
thank you:D... it's been an uneventful one, which is lovely in my opinion:)
l,
d xx

dani said...

tabitha,
that is horrible and something you probably never get over completely... i am so sorry you had to go through a loss like that at such a young age.
love,
dani xx

Tabitha said...

Hi Dani,
Thanks for that. It is a long time ago now, over 20 years (goodness I feel old!!), but you don't ever forget. I still keep in touch with his sister, we were at school together and have kept in touch all these years.
love and hugs ~ Tabitha XX

Wendi said...

Dani,
Beautiful post! You have a great blog. Fun sense of humor. Thanks for stopping by mine for a visit. I love meeting new people! :)

Tanya said...

Hi Dani! Hope you had a lovely Memorial Day!! loved catching up on all of your posts!! been MIA lately... have so missed dropping in!!

Have a great day!
Love Tanya xx

E and T said...

Hi there Dani

What a sight this must be. Every cross having some sort of tribute on it to show that people do remember and acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice of these men and women.

Dani, thank you so much for your thoughts and comments on my blog. It's always such a nice feeling to know that friends are thinking of you. Can you believe that I am still pretty darn uncomfortable. The doctor said that because I am pregnat there isn't too much I can do except rest. I am resting, but getting a little impatient at how long this is taking to get better. Now I can't wait until the night I can finally go to sleep lying down, hopefully it's not too far off now. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and well wishes. They make my day.

Love and hugs
Elise.

Jennifer H said...

What a neat thing to do for Memorial day! Cute blog Dani. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week.

Kellan said...

What a nice tradition in your town! Hope you had a nice Memorial Day and weekend. See you soon- Kellan

Allikaye's Mama said...

Beautiful and powerful pictures and post!!

Emma-Kate Castricum said...

That's really beautiful and what a lovely couple must have been.

Em

Shannon said...

I miss that park. I'm so glad to see that some things haven't changed.
As far as Mrs. Hoffman...did she have died black hair and always wore a scarf?????????

Shannon said...

dyed black hair. What am i thinking?

dani said...

thank you, wendi,
i love meeting new people as well; come back any time:D
hugs,
dani

dani said...

i've missed a few days as well, tanya!!! i hope all is well with you and yours:) memorial day was a rainy, lazy day for us; but it was good!!!
love,
dani

dani said...

elise,
i cannot wait for the night that you can get some rest, too. i hate that you have a "catch 22" in the pain department!!! does tylenol help at all (i know it doesn't have any anti-inflammatory), but does it help at all with your pain???
i will continue to pray that you will get relief... bless your sweet heart.
love,
dani

dani said...

hi, jennifer,
i think it's a pretty neat thing to do as well, and it's so beautiful.
thank you:) i hope your week has been a good one thus far as well!!!
hugs,
dani

dani said...

kellan,
i hope you did, too:)
will see you soon as well!!!
love,
dani

dani said...

hey, ashley...
in one of those pictures is the governor of kentucky who came to pay his respects last memorial day. i didn't get out this year to take any because the weather was so darn yucky:/ hope you've had a good week.
love,
dani

dani said...

hey, em...
they were a very sweet hearted couple, indeed:)
love,
dani

dani said...

yes, shannon...
that was the couple. they were very eccentric but with very big hearts.
fyi, do you know they went for visitation to EVERY funeral home to pay their respects since they were a young couple. and jane served at every berevement dinner at holy name up until just weeks before her death. they were really, really kind:)
love,
dani

Tabitha said...

Hi Dani,
Just popped back over to see what you have been up to.
Where are you?????
I have missed you over the last few days, hope all is well with you,
sending extra special love and hugs,
Tabitha XxXX
Hope you are back soon!!

Tabitha said...

Hi Dani
Me again (ha ha!!)
Just read Danas blog and she said that you were not well ~ so I am back to say "GET BETTER SOON!!".
Have missed you!!
Love and (get well soon) hugs to you!!
Tabitha XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Amanda said...

Get Well Soon. Missing you.
Love Amanda xx

Shannon said...

they often ate at the salvation army and melted my heart. what a sweet loving couple.
hope you are well!!!!!!

dani said...

thank you tabitha, amanda, and shannon. i'm feeling a better and will probably be back "on" tomorrow. i'm still tired.
i appreciate your "well" wishes very much!!!
love you guys:)
dani

Tanya said...

Hi Dani, sorry to hear you've not been well! have so missed you! feel better soon, keeping you in my prayers!!

Love & hugs,

Tanya xx

dani said...

thank you, tanya:)
i've missed you, too...
love and hugs back to you,
dani

PhotoChick said...

What a sweet post, Dani. A really great reminder of what Memorial Day is really about. Makes me feel kinda bad that I didn't do more for it - especially since Perry served for 5 years in the USMC...

dani said...

i didn't realize perry was in the marines... my brother in law served in the marines during vietnam. he never said much about it until right before he died of cancer several years ago...
love,
dani