Long weekend

Today starts the three-day Memorial Day weekend, which to most is the start of the summer tourist season and includes camping, hiking, boating, and barbecues.

For many families, their focus will be to honor and remember military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Luxembourg American Cemetery

We will fly the flag proudly this weekend while remembering my two uncles who sacrificed their lives in WWII, and we will also enjoy a family get together.

I will also tuck some gardening into the weekend hours as well because who can resist the beautiful weather outside listening to the birds and enjoying spring blooms.

From our house to yours, may you have a safe and fun-filled long holiday weekend while remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. 🇺🇸

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Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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54 Responses to Long weekend

  1. Judy, thank you for this reminder of what Memorial Day is all about.

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  2. Have a lovely weekend Judy!
    Which white rose did you feature?

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  3. Murphy’s Law says:

    My heartfelt thanks to your uncles and all those who lost their lives in so many wars to keep this country free. May we never forget their sacrifice.

    Enjoy your family get together. Between you and your daughter the food will be scrumptious!

    Nice weather is promised….blue skies, warm temperatures and a light breeze….so have a great time in your garden. Just remember to keep those ice packs handy because when you get digging in the dirt, you forget to come up for air!
    Ginger 🇺🇸

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    • So many have served and so many have paid the ultimate price for our freedom that it is humbling. The weather has been perfect, and I have an ice pack on my back right now. You know me too well. 🙂 Hope you have some good food this weekend too.


  4. Our family was lucky. I have several uncles who served but everyone came back alive. Happy gardening!

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  5. Oddment says:

    What a somber, eloquent image. I’ve been thinking about your family this week as I think about how death in war lingers in the generations — as does war itself. We seem to be such a bloody species. The flowers in your garden, especially that poppy, are a memorial, I think, because of the peace in their beauty. This weekend can be a real balancing act, remembering and celebrating.

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    • I have to admit our American Cemeteries are truly something to be in awe of because of the respect shown to those buried there and the care taken to keep them in pristine shape. It reminds me of an outdoor cathedral. Yes, this weekend is truly a balancing act, and I sincerely hope you have a family celebration to enjoy.

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  6. A weekend of remembrance. Also, for this Mainer, a weekend to plant tomatoes and other tender annuals. My father, who had an incredible vegetable garden, never planted his tomatoes until Memorial Day. I have followed his example and have never regretted it.

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  7. Have a lovely week-end with family, Judy! Your flowers look gorgeous!

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  8. Ally Bean says:

    Memorial Day is a somber day, a good day for remembrance and sacrifice for your country, but also kind of a happy one for us here. Summer unofficially begins this weekend and I’m ready for it.

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  9. Nancy says:

    Thank you to your Uncles and all who paid the ultimate sacrifice. They will never be forgotten.
    Enjoy your weekend, and have fun with your family!
    The flowers are quite lovely!

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  10. Joyce says:

    It was from you, here, that I learned of the American Cemetery at Luxembourg. What an enduring gesture of respect and gratitude.
    At the conclusion of every war, in view of all the carnage, you’d think we’d say, “enough!” But sadly, no.

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  11. Marilyn says:

    Have a great weekend with your family and garden. We are loving the warmer dry weather. My sister, nephew and cousin are coming to our house to celebrate this special holiday.

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    🙏🏼 🇺🇸

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  13. Dan Antion says:

    I hope you enjoy the activities this weekend, Judy. I’ll think of your uncles along with the others I’ve known or been told about who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

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  14. germac4 says:

    I hope you have a lovely weekend, and your flowers are looking wonderful. Yes, we have Anzac Day for the same reason, young men and women lost their lives for the sake of freedom, a reminder to us all.
    Best wishes.

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  15. Enjoy your lovely long weekend and thank you to your uncles for their service.

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  16. BERNADETTE says:

    Enjoy your weekend Judy and don’t work too hard.

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  17. John Hric says:

    Thanks Judy. You have a safe weekend too. Peace and remembrances to those who sacrificed for our country.

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    • ‘Peace and remembrances’ is a wonderful way to put it. 🙂 I imagine your garden is brimming with possibilities. I was thinking about you a couple of weeks ago when I was digging daylilies for our MG plant sale. We have one customer who buys all our daylilies before the sale. He has huge swaths of them on his large property. It’s always fun to know plant divisions are going to a good home to be enjoyed by someone who truly loves them. Happy gardening season, John.

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  18. Thanks for reminding us that this weekend is about more than barbecues!

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  19. Beautiful close ups! Happy holiday to you. – Marty

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  20. Brenda says:

    Memorial Day is such a bittersweet day, isn’t it? I understand that it was originally called “Decoration Day” for placing flowers on the graves of Civil War veterans. So, it was intended to occurs at a peak time for flowers. And your flower photos are magnificent!

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  21. Dawn says:

    Such beautiful thoughts, Judy! Whenever I think of the brave men and women who served and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, I think of the great sacrifice their entire families made, as well. We owe them all so much gratitude!
    I’m sure that you had a very busy month of May in your garden, Judy! I think of you so often as I dig and transplant. I’m sure that you are smiling in your garden at the same time! Take extra-good care, my friend!💗

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  22. bikerchick57 says:

    Hi Judy! I hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend and are now enjoying the start to this weekend. Beautiful spring flowers! Our flowers are out now, but it’s been too hot and dry and a lot of watering is our task. I hope the weather changes at some point in June, but not too wet either.


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