Monday, May 30, 2011

Proud of my Country

Today, as I rode through the small rural towns of Iowa,  I was extremely touched and humbled by how the citizens of the communities honor those who have fought for our freedom, for our 'God given rights' and the rights of others.  In small cemeteries throughout the entire area, Old Glory stood guard above the graves of those who had passed, watching over them. Not just one flag, but many, many  waved in the morning sky, the wind blowing them to attention in tribute to our soldiers.  In town after town, cemetery after cemetery, the gravesides were lovingly decorated with flowers and flags, and tombstones decorated with commemorative plaques.  The flag-lined streets were also lined with townsmen, all waiting for the parade of veterans to lead them to these cemeteries and participate in a ceremony of remembrance--- a solemn service of respect and honor for those that fought for our freedom, and our ideals of those freedoms.

Living in a large city, in a fast paced life, it is very easy to forget what this day is truly about. To many, it is merely a day off work, it's origination and meaning lost.  Today was truly a day to reflect what it is to be an American, and to be in gratitude for those who protect that privilege.

'And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!'

Thank you.....

One of many celebrations of honor, remembrance and gratitude.


  1. Hi, Sue! So glad you stopped by. I hope you have a great ride and with a gentle wind pushing at your back. If you ladies ever need a stop in the future I would be more than happy to let you stop and catch your breath, have a glass of honey sweet tea and a snack. I should have a few bathrooms in the new house which would be available also. Let me know if you need such a spot. Hope you enjoy the honey and the handmade honey soap. Best wishes, Cindy from the Majenica Creek Honey Farm.