May 26, 2019

Memorial Day….Remembering the fallen!

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Memorial Day – known as the official start of summer.  Now I’ve always known that the holiday is set aside for honoring those who have served and lost their lives in service to this country, but honestly, aside from having a passing thought, it wasn’t what I “celebrated”.  That is, until this year.

My youngest daughter is a flight attendant and just so happened to have an Atlanta overnight Friday.  This was extremely special as that was the same day my first grandson graduated from Kindergarten!  It was a double bonus to get to go to his school program AND then get to have my daughter come home for the evening.  My grandson LOVES to go to the airport with me to pick up his Auntie A, and so, Friday was no exception.  We made our way to the airport and although her flight had already landed by the time we arrived, we knew we had to wait until she was off the plane-train before we could move up to the baggage claim area to pick her up.  We sat in the cell lot and watched planes taxi and take-off and just enjoyed that time.  I started thinking it was taking her longer than normal to call and say she was off the train and we could begin making our way to get her.  Well, there was a very good reason.

I got a text message from her, and while I expected it to say we could come get her, it instead was a series of photos she took of the plane that was next to hers as a fallen soldier was being taken off of the plane.  Seeing those images, and especially on Memorial Day weekend, was sobering.  I looked at the photos and my eyes filled with tears as the pomp and circumstance of the military procedure of removing the casket from the plane was captured by her camera. She said it was completely silent all around her as passengers, crew and airport personnel stopped while this soldier’s body was unloaded from the plane to be taken to his/her family and final resting place.

This was a huge reminder of why we set aside a day to honor all of those that sacrificed their lives for our safety and freedom.  This country has a lot of problems and issues, and we get so wrapped up in the bi-partisan rhetoric that we lose sight of the fact that as a country we are FREE.  The price to be free has been paid by many.  The men and women that through the years have left their friends and family behind to be of service to their country, deserve to be honored.  Those that lost their lives while doing so, deserve to be honored even more so.  They deserve more than one day set-aside as we get a day off work.  They gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Many never to return home to their friends and family.  Children that didn’t get to grow up with them, parents that had to raise a family alone, parents that spent every day looking forward to their son or daughter returning home, safely, never to do so.

My own father fought in WWII in the Navy.  It was something he was always so proud of doing.  While he didn’t lose his life while serving, many during that time weren’t so lucky.  Since that time, many more men and women lost their lives while serving their country.

Regardless of your views, political party, race, color, economic status, age, or sex, we should all thank those that selflessly give of themselves so that we all can live in a country that has so much to be thankful for.  We are the Land of the Free, because of the Brave!

We don’t know who the fallen soldier was that had their last flight ending in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, May 24th, but I can tell you this, my heart goes out to their family and my view of Memorial Day is certainly different this year.  I hope that each of us take time  during this weekend to stop and remember all of those amazing people that gave of themselves for us.

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John 15:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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July 2, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!

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4th of July

 

The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holiday’s.  Summertime, friends, good food and fireworks is the perfect combination for a fun time.  

Some of my fondest memories are from my late teen’s and early 20’s when a friend of mine and I would get a hotel room with a view overlooking the Sarasota Bay and have a few friends over to celebrate the 4th of July and watch the fireworks.  

The 4th of July tends to lend itself to being a great time for gathering with friends.  Barbecues or low country boils are popular themes.  Having activities for the kids as well as games for kids and adults is sure to bring out the competitive spirit in everyone.  The decor for your party can be very simple to elaborate, but having refreshing beverages and yummy food to nosh on are key.  You can get some ideas on my 4th of July Pinterest board.

If you don’t want to host a party at your home, there are many other local attractions that you can attend.  Getting a group together to go watch fireworks is still a favorite activity of mine.  Grab some cold beverages and snacks and put them in a cooler, take sparklers, glow sticks or poppers for the gang to celebrate with while waiting for the show to begin.  Don’t forget to pack the bug spray to keep those pesky little heathens from eating YOU as their snack.  :o)

 No matter how you celebrate, remember the freedoms our Country was built on, which have not come without sacrifice.  These words need to remembered not only on Independence Day, but everyday!

 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776

Looking for something to do in the Atlanta, Sarasota/Tampa Bay area or Orlando?  Here are a few ideas:

http://www.atlanta.net/events/seasonal/fourth-of-july/

https://atlanta.curbed.com/maps/where-watch-atlanta-july-4th-fireworks-fourth

http://www.visitsarasota.com/blog/celebrate-red-white-and-blue-florida-gulf-coast

http://wfla.com/2017/06/30/fourth-of-july-celebrations-parades-and-fireworks-in-the-tampa-bay-area/

http://www.visitorlando.com/events/holidays/july-fourth-in-orlando/

https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/4th-of-july-at-walt-disney-world-resort/

I would love to hear your favorite memories or traditions for the 4th!

Wherever you are, whatever you do, I wish a Happy and Safe 4th of July to you!!! 

 

Janice Blackmon Events is an award-winning special event planning company specializing in assisting our clients with innovative ideas, creative designs and flawless execution of their event. 

 

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