Friday, May 23, 2014

Community Communing


Just saying “Memorial Day” sets off a slide show in my head.   Flowers on graves….flags…Veterans in parade…community dinner…people sitting together…laughter...gossip…tractors…pick-ups…Those are all part of a very long slide show.

Oh, I could write about feeling like an indentured servant as a teenager serving desserts and cleaning up.

But, mainly the message here is one of community and communion: Together, worshiping, sharing memories, passing on traditions, and meeting as one.

This song comes to mind: Let Us Break Bread Together





Community communing.  Something worth defending.


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  1. It is worth defending.
    That's a beautiful cross in the photo.

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    1. The flower cross was taken in our local Memorial Day service 2012. It was humbling.

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  2. This is always a bittersweet weekend. Honoring those who have fallen. So sad but also a time of remembrance.

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  3. A day for remembrance indeed, at least down there, we don't have it up here

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    1. Is there a Veteran's Day sometime in Canada? It seems that Delores mentioned that once.

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  4. This is a day to come together and remember those who gave up so much so we could be here and celebrate life and freedom. Beautiful cross, Susan.

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    1. Isn't it!? The service with the veterans ranging from WWII to Irag and Afghanistan was moving.

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  5. I love events of coming together, community spirit, the feeling of comradeship. I also marvel at the wide eyed people people who wish "we could be like this every day," with no concept of the months of planning and preparation community stalwarts have invested to create the moment, the spirit, the feeling the wide eyed participant is unable to recreate on the morrow.

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  6. Oh, that is so true. I have been on those committees. The rewards are amazing, but the work is tremendous.

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  7. And what a wonderful slideshow to have in your heart and memories.

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    1. It is as if all those precious memories are filed away in my head, to be opened when I need or want them. A great slideshow indeed.

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  8. I think it is wonderful to have traditions...especially on Memorial Day. We need to honor those that were willing to give their lives to keep us safe. Coming together as a community is something to truly look forward to! ♥

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    1. Community comes together for important events, whether it is a big dinner like this, or a funeral of a member of the community. Community is more important than we know.

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  9. Love the rose made cross. It is good to have a community for good things. It is good to honor peoples who lived for us!

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    1. The cross was so beautiful and fragrant. A lovely backdrop for the Veterans who spoke to those gathered there.

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  10. I like the idea of community, but I'm not a very social person, so I'm happy to let others be a community around me.
    It really is a good thing when a neighbourhood or town gets together in harmony for any reason.

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    1. It truly is to gather as a community and continue the generational memories.

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  11. They've lined our entire downtown (which is really only a McDonald's, post office, township building, and church, but still... with American flags. It's a sight, and I love driving through.

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    1. Oh, I hope you take photos. The last time I went to see my mother (she was in a nursing care facility) the main square was lined with flags around the courthouse. A memory to hold onto.

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  12. At my junior high, we had a ceremony every year (well, I was there two years) to mark Memorial Day. It was kind of moving, if I recall correctly.

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    1. I am sure it was. It is a memory you can put in your own memory slide show.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!