Memorial Day and Independence Day are special to me. There are many veterans in my family and one of my Uncles gave the ultimate sacrifice as he trained to help keep our land free. It nearly broke my Dad's heart for him to lose his brother and he kept the newspaper clipping in his wallet for the rest of his life. My Dad served in WWII and rarely spoke of his experiences there.
While traveling with my husband lately, he talked to me about his time in Viet Nam, recalling some frightening moments there and I am so grateful that his life was preserved. I am so grateful for the freedoms that we have that have been bought with a tremendous price throughout history and for those who continue to sacrifice so much to serve and defend in this world of turmoil.
It does seem odd that we celebrate such a sober holiday as Memorial Day with backyard barbecues and swim parties. But, it is because of those who fought and died for our freedom that we are able to do the things we do the way we do them. We can travel from state to state without hindrance. We can buy the food that we want to eat. We can celebrate the way we want to celebrate and observe our religious customs in any way we choose to do so. This is not the case in many places in the world. What a glorious blessing it is to live in this free country.
To prepare for a Patriotic Celebration, with swimming, grilling and family, I headed to Dollar Tree to pick up most of what I needed. I was so excited about the things I found there to help get everyone ready for the patriotic holidays. Here are the things that I brought home with me!
If you have a large family, you can order all of your supplies online and have them delivered for free to your local store. Just go to the Dollar Tree website to check it out.
Hope you are having a cool summer so far!