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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May 24, 2013

A Memorial Day Celebration!!!

Posted in Other Events, Planning Tips and Information tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:00 am by JBEvents

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Ahhh, the beginning of summer, Memorial Day weekend.  Our thoughts turn to grilling out, pool parties, lake and beach outings and celebrating with friends as well as remembering those that have lost their lives fighting for our Country!!!

Set the tone for your Memorial Day Party with the invitations.  This vintage looking invitation is cute.

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Decorating with Red, White and Blue can take on many forms.  Whether you use flags placed all around to make the space festive, or you use lanterns, flowers, bandanas for napkins and twinkle lights strung to provide a sparkle and a little light for when the sun goes down – let Patriotic items take precedence in the decor. 

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If you are planning a Memorial Day Party and are still trying to decide what to serve, how about something a little different – Grilled Pizza!!!

Everyone loves pizza and pizza on the grill is delicious!!!  You can choose a variety of toppings to suit the taste of all of your guests.  The pizza cooks pretty quickly and by grilling it, you keep the heat out of the kitchen.  

To round out the meal, perhaps offer a salad and then a yummy dessert.  Some great ideas would be a sheet cake decorated with white icing or whipped cream and topped with red and blue berries to create a flag design.  If you don’t want to decorate a cake, you could opt for cupcakes with berries or even just sprinkles on top.  Another popular idea is homemade ice cream.  

Do as much prep work ahead of time as possible so you can sit back and enjoy the party!!!

You might want to try this Margherita Pizza recipe from Bobby Flay:

Bobby Flay Grilled Margherita Pizza

Ingredients
1 store-bought pizza dough
Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound fresh mozzarella, sliced 1/4-inch thick
3 Roma tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
Handful fresh basil leaves
Directions
Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking.

Once the grill is hot (you can hold your hands an inch over the grates for no more than 2 seconds), stretch and shape the dough into a 12-inch round on a flat surface. Brush the top with oil, salt and pepper and toss on the grill, oil-side down. Cook until the bottom is golden brown, 1 minute. Check the bottom of the dough to see if it is getting browned. If it is on one part, but not the other, use a spatula or tongs to rotate the dough 90 degrees and cook for another minute. If it is still not beginning to brown, cover the grill and continue to cook a minute at a time until the bottom has browned evenly. (It should only take a couple minutes if you have a hot grill.) The top of the pizza dough will also start bubbling up with air pockets.

Once the pizza dough has browned on the bottom, flip over and grill until golden brown and the dough is just firm, another minute or so. Remove to a sheet pan. Cover the grill so it retains the heat for the next step.

Drizzle the top with more olive oil. Put the mozzarella and tomato slices on top and season with salt and pepper. Return the pizza to the grill on the sheet pan, cover the grill and cook for 3 or 4 minutes to melt the cheese. Remove from the grill and tear the basil leaves over the top. Slice and serve immediately.

 
How about a nice refreshing beverage to serve your guests.  I thought about Lemonade and decided a “spiked” version might be just the thing for the big party!

Lemonade with Vodka and Thyme

Vodka-Thyme Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme (garnish)
  • 4 cups lemon juice (freshly squeezed, 24 lemons)
  • 2 cups vodka

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups water with the sugar and thyme; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.
  2. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup; discard thyme. You should have 2 cups syrup. Cover with plastic; chill.
  3. In a large serving pitcher, stir together lemon juice, vodka, and chilled syrup; garnish with thyme. Divide evenly among eight tumblers filled with ice; serve immediately.

 

Now to satisfy that sweet tooth:

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However you decide to celebrate, we hope that you will be safe and have a very Happy Memorial Day!!!

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Janice Blackmon Events is an Event Planning company that specializes in producing flawless events of any type and size, anywhere!  

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