By Flag by djwest36
The last Monday in May is Memorial Day in the United States. A tradition of honouring the fallen that began after the Civil War--still the war that has caused the greatest number of casualties for the USA, and the last one fought on US soil--Memorial Day is a somber occasion that has been transformed into a celebration of the beginning of summer, with picnics, family gatherings, summer sports like fishing, and travel.
I first became aware of Memorial Day because of an American couple who used to visit Canada every Memorial Day, spending the weekend in a different city each year, and who visited us one year when their destination coincided with our home city for that year. They are not alone in crossing the border for a holiday, while others stay closer to home.
In the spirit of celebrating, yet honouring service, award-winning blogger Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman, has dedicated one of her photo assignments the last few days to the theme of troops "Coming Home". While the theme was initially inspired by the reunion photos submitted for her "Happiness" assignment, the photos submitted this time include both the joy of the returning, and the sadness for the families of the fallen. All the photos honour those who have served. Some are from WWII, others much more recent. A selection of the submissions follows, and more can be seen at The Pioneer Woman, Photography, where the final post in the series shares the number of submissions and comments, and the fact that The Pioneer Woman will donate $1 for each of all of these to the charity Operation Homefront which helps the returning, the wounded, and their families.
By The Coach's Wife
By Mrs W2008
By Ladycop 79
By Noel Cuthbertson,
By Erin Dietrich1
By MamaBrit Photography
By S.L. Smith Photography
By Aileen Reilly
In the spirit of honouring the people who actually do the service, as opposed to the governments who decide when, where, why, and how,
To all American Readers,
and those in the US,
Happy Memorial Day!
Please share how you spent your Memorial Day, or did so in the past.
If you are not American, or are bi-cultural, does your (other) country/ culture have a similar celebration?
Which is your favourite photo here? Why?
What troop homecomings have you experienced? What losses?
Any other comments, thoughts, experiences?