A Day to Remember and to Honor

Porch decorations for Memorial Day.  God Bless America.
Home of the Free because of the Brave.
A patriotic birdhouse with a bird on each side.
Patriotic birdhouse with God Bless America on it.

Thank you to our neighbor, Sue, who decorates her home each holiday and season. I know I speak for our neighborhood, when I say we enjoy her amazing decorations which cheer and uplift our spirits. She makes our neighborhood, New Town at St. Charles, better.

Please Wear a Little Poppy As Red As Red Can Be, So We Will All Remember Those Who Fought and Died So We Can All Be FREE.
Betty wearing a red poppy

And thank you, Sue, for the poppy, too. I wear it proudly. With gratitude for those who sacrificed, so that I can enjoy those freedoms which, I see now more than ever, are so very dear.

Thank you to those who serve, to those who have served, and to those who gave their lives for our country and for our freedoms. We can never repay those sacrifices, but we can take a moment to remember and to honor.


  1. What a wonderful neighbor to have! Our Remembrance Day is on November 11. That’s when we wear our poppies to honour our veterans, both those still living and those who gave their lives in service. I guess our Remembrance Day would be like a combination of your Veterans’ Day and Memorial Day. Regardless of how/when we do it, I believe it’s necessary to honour them.

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    • Thanks, Marty. This lady goes all out. She is a sweetheart. When chatting with her, she wanted the Memorial Day decor to be less “sparkly” than the Fourth of July. As she said, Memorial Day is more about respect, and the Fourth more of a celebration. I think this is a good distinction. I like homemade decorations, too. At Christmas, she had some characters going round and round in a snow globe. She made that – on an old record player! Hope you have a nice Memorial Day!

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  2. I remember when I was a child that the veterans would sit outside a store and pass out the little red poppies. I do not recall the last time I have seen that, although it was after I became an adult–I just recall being so surprised to see them with the table of poppies.

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    • I never heard of wearing poppies for Memorial Day before Sue put the display/tray on her porch. It’d be nice if the tradition you remember would get started again. It’s a great way to plant a seed of respect in a child. Enjoy your Memorial Day.


  3. Betty, neighbors like you are why I love to decorate my porch. I do it for me, but when I have people stop and share how they enjoy passing by on their walk, it warms my heart.
    I grew up with my dad always taking my sister and me to finding vets with poppies on this weekend so we could donate our change and get poppies. I would get as many as I could and string them together to make a necklace. The VFW and American Legion vets used to be on every corner and it was a great day when I would get my poppies and Gus’s pretzels all on the same corner.
    My dad was a U.S. Marine in the Korean War and he was always proud of his service and anyone else that served.
    The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day. In war-torn battlefields, the red field poppy was one of the first plants to grow. Its seeds scattered in the wind and sat dormant in the ground, only germinating when the ground is disturbed – as it was by the very brutal fighting during World War I.

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    • I know so many of us really enjoy all your creative decorations. Thank you to your dad for his service. You are honoring him and all the others who served by carrying on the tradition of the poppies. I will carry it on now, too! Enjoy your day, and see you on our next walk. 🙂


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