Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day.
It’s a day to remember.

Moina Michael, who started the tradition of wearing red poppies on Memorial Day to honor those who died serving the nation during war, wrote this:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.


I do not relish war. But, the reality is that we live in a broken world with broken people with broken hearts… and therefore, we will always have war.

To you who serve and have served, thank you.
To you who did not come back, we love you and we miss you.
To you who govern and make hard hard decisions, we pray for you.

And we, we who stay behind, we will continue to dream of peace and amber waves of grain and healing. One day… one fine day, all will be right again. I pray and hope and remember for that day.

Ernie, friend… we love you. Today will always be your day.


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8 responses to “Memorial Day

  • sunday

    you are awesome!

    I have a friend who is going to contact you about a banner. she loves the one for BellaRose!

  • Rachel

    Thanks Katie for that beautiful reminder about what today is all about. You succeeded in making me cry, again!

  • Wende

    Well said, darling! 😀

  • thekooiet

    Today, I got to watch my grandpa in the Memorial Day Parade…which may be his last. He road in a bright red mustang driven by my Great Uncle. Still fitting handsomely in his WWII uniform, it was a pleasure to watch him and ALL the vets.

    It was deeply moving.

    Thank-you, and all my gratitude to the men and women who fought and fight bravely in the name of freedom.

    Beautiful post dear Kate.

  • Amy

    My fondest memory of Ernie is when me and Gwendy (did you know Gwendy, she was my aggie roommate?) talked Ernie into a facial mud mask. We have pictures of the three of us with green gook all over our faces. I thought of him so much on Monday.

  • Lisa and Gary...

    Well said, Kate. A Navy friend of a Navy friend, who lost his life at the Pentagon on 9/11, said several years before his death, “Freedom isn’t free.” He didn’t know then that he would pay the ultimate price. We are truly thankful there are men and women out there who have and will, as well.


  • Becky Swann

    good words

  • EllieRichellie

    embarrassingly, I had completely forgotten about wearing red poppies on Memorial Day. . thanks for the reminder, and for being brave enough to talk about war. You spread goodness. You really do.

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