Sunday, May 28, 2006

Happy Memorial Day!

It's a holiday, so I thought I'd treat you all to some holiday eye candy.

But since I'm a writer, I have to write a little bit of a blog post. So, lets talk about Memorial Day. Do you celebrate with friends and family? Have anything excting planned? Have any memorial day memories to share?

As a kid for me, Memorial Day meant two things. First, my neighborhood (and a few of the surrounding ones) had a HUGE Memorial Day parade every year. So I was in it as a majorette, a brownie and as a member of the high school marching band. It meant having to get up early on a day after school!

But Memorial Day also meant that the pool opened. And once the pool was open I remember knowing that school was in the home stretch.

Now I've got a brother-in-law in the Navy so Memorial Day is a bit more personal. But still, for me, it's all about a barbeque with friends and family (and Indy 500).

So what is the holiday weekend bringing for you? Any favorite memories? Everyone who comments will be entered into a drawing for an LSB ebook of their choice! And have a great one!


Blogger Meljprincess said...

Hi Emma. No memories here. My SO is in the Navy and we're spending Memorial Day at home relaxing. Love the eye candy. Is it OK to get wet on Memorial Day? *g*

9:16 AM  
Blogger Tina Holland said...

Hey Emma,

No plans for me either. Used to get together with my sis over the holiday but she has other plans today! Oh Well. Hope you have a lovely Holiday!


10:13 AM  
Anonymous Cherie J said...

No plans for today. I am actually getting clothes washed and ready to be packed because we will be leaving for SW Florida later this week for a week of vacation. However, I do have fond memories of Memorial Day weekends in New York when I was a child. The whole family, including my grandparents on my mother's side, would usually go on picnics to a park or to a beach. I remember with fondness the smell of grilled meat and of a cooler filled with a variety of drinks. My twin sister and I would play on the swings and the slides for awhile. We would gorge on watermelon or cantaloupe. It was fun. Happy Memorial Day everyone.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had always used Memorial Day as a time to gather with friends and family. Of course no gathering was complete without a heavily laden table...always potluck. It was never a somber occasion but a celebration of thanks for what others had done on our behalf.

Little Lamb Lost

12:20 PM  
Blogger Pamk said...

No big parades or the like in our town. Was too small. But today is not just memorial day at our house It is my 20th wedding anniversary.
Wow that is hard to believe

12:26 PM  
Blogger Kayelle Allen said...

Congrats Pamk on two decades!

I was in the Navy myself along with my dh (we joined the same day but on opposite sides of the country, then met in the middle, lol). My youngest ds just got out of the USAF and my sil is still in. Sacrifice is what the service is all about. While we are picnicing and having a great bbq, our soldiers and sailors are often far from home and all alone.

Hats off to those who serve now and who have served in the past. And to those who sacrificed all, my deepest, sincerest thanks.

12:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I like that last one.

No plans, other than getting ready for DH to come home !

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was writing?!?

1:54 PM  
Blogger LSB Author, Darragha Foster said...

I'm a sucker for a man in camoflage.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

I'm with Kayelle. I was raised in the Navy and married into the Marine Corps. Memorial Day was never solemn at our house, either, but I certainly knew there was a reason to celebrate besides a picnic.

Having a good time on a holiday is what all our guys and gals who are overseas and away from loved ones would be doing if they were here. Lets all say a prayer of thanks and give them a thought while we drink our cold beers and eat our hot dogs.

By the by, does anyone else know that Memorial Day was begun in Petersburg, VA when ladies in the town chose the day to decorate graves of the fallen after the siege of the town? It was after the War Between the States.


4:19 PM  
Blogger Tamara said...

The only thing Memorial Day brings is the knowledge that the family reunion is coming up. And with my family , it's accompanied by the severe feeling of dread.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Estella said...

Large family and friend barbecue on Sunday. Today is reserved for visiting the cemeteries and putting flowers on the graves of Family.

5:48 PM  
Blogger blackroze37 -tami said...

we just ate pizza and cherry pie
use to drag the kids to all kinds of little events all over , they just dont have that stuff anymore
i slept most of day, (bad night) my granbaby is with her other granmother, my brats 18,13 and 18 by, tok over my bedroom watching movies

7:28 PM  
Blogger Rae Morgan said...

God bless America. And yowza.


8:19 PM  
Blogger Lisa T said...

My memories are of BBQs and sitting on the pier by the lake. Adore the eye candy Emma. Today I took my mom to bingo. Didn't win but had fun. Enjoy the holidays everyone!

8:47 PM  
Anonymous annalisa said...

God Bless our troops past and present! We're thinking of you.

10:46 PM  
Blogger April said...

Hey Emma, were there words between those pictures, I didn't notice. I figured you'd put space in there to give my saliva glands a break ;-)

No big memories for me. Just bar-b-que and swimming! Hope you had a great one!

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Emma.

I spent memorial day at home with my daughter. Love the eye candy. Very nice. Hope you had a wonderful memorial day.

Lee Anne

1:09 AM  
Blogger Meljprincess said...

Hi Tina,
I just realized we met in Daytona. You gave me and my Mom a signed postcard. Little slow yesterday. LOL! Anywho, it was great to meet you. Do you remember me? Two nose piercings? Blond mohawk?

Dee, thanks for the Memorial Day trivia. VA is awesome.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Vanessa Hart said...

Nessie here, late as usual. My army vet DH and I spent the day watching war movies (and there were plenty on the tube!). My favorite (although it's disturbingly realistic) is THE GREAT RAID. Based on a true story, it was a fitting movie to show this weekend. According to the History Channel, it's very accurate. I highly recommend it.

3:57 PM  

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