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Monday, May 29, 2017

It's more than just a 3 day holiday...

It's more than just a 3 day weekend....
Memorial Day is more that the official start of summer!
It's a U.S. holiday with a lot of history and lasting significance.
 Originally known as Decoration Day "Memorial Day" was conceived after the Civil War 
as a way to honor the Union's war dead. By the early 20th century, 
the holiday had evolved to honor all military members who died in service. 
Memorial Day formally remembers those who gave their lives 
in the service and protection of America's freedom.

Today Rick and I along with our Son-in-law Chris and grandson Carson, 
attended the Memorial Day parade
and ceremony that followed at the Veterans Memorial in Rochester

Such an honor to stand before these brave men (and women) 
who fought for our freedom so many years ago
Oh, the stories they could tell.

Did I mention our Granddaughter Audrey marched in the parade, 
she is part of a Christian based organization called American Heritage Girls
Their mission, to build women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country
What a great experience for these little girls!
The mama's marched too, my daughter Brianna on the left.

Desert Storm
Koren war 
 Many Veterans were in attendance. 
Saluting as the National Anthem was played by the Mayo High school's band .
I especially love this photo!

 Thank you for your service

The Memorial wall made of granite, etchings of war scenes stretch round the entire wall.
This photo compliments of "google images"
The "Wall of Remembrance" honors over 3.000 service men and women from SE Minnesota 
who gave their lives in service to their country. 

I was humble today and thankful for the freedom we have because of those who have served.

Home of the free....because of the brave!



  1. Fantastic photos, Jackie. I need to visit this memorial, but when I can photograph it.

    1. You would like it Audrey, there is so much to see but there were too many folks to take all the photo's that I wanted..... That's for another day anyway :)

  2. Love the pictures, such an honor to be a part of and to attend.

    1. We loved it....a bonus to have Jojo in the parade :)