A Flag Day Picnic

The town just north of us allowed us the opportunity to have a very special Flag Day celebration today by honoring some returning troops with a parade.  The only difficulty with a parade in a busy town in the middle of the week when streets are going to be closed off is parking...  Unless of course you decide to show up early and have a breakfast picnic!

The little ones enjoyed helping me make breakfast casserole bites, then we filled our thermos up with orange juice, added some bananas and oranges, and headed out the door.

We arrived an hour early, so we could take our pick of spots to sit, laid out our blanket, and unloaded the food.  Mommy may have gotten a little carried away with the amount of food, but we had plenty to share with some neighbors.  And it's better to be safe than sorry, right?
Just about the time we were done eating and the little ones were starting to get restless, the Marine band started marching.  I tell you, I don't think I've ever seen a better looking band!  They looked sharp in their dress blues marching down that street!!  It was really breathtaking.
The little ones were thrilled, and the flags began to wave in full force!
Finally we got to cheer for these men who have just returned from defending us so bravely in Afghanistan.  I'm sure while we were thinking about how wonderful it was to have them home, they were thinking about the five men who didn't make it home with them.  It's a stark reminder that freedom sure isn't free.

When we got home we read Our Flag by Carl Memling and talked about the history and importance of our flag. 

By the time we got home we were all tired, and a little sunburned, but I felt overcome with gratitude at the chance our family had to celebrate this oft overlooked, but very important holiday.  (If you're interested in learning more about the history of Flag Day, USFlag.org has a good one.)

I also want to wish our brothers and sisters in arms in the U.S. Army, a Happy 237th Birthday.  What a long and honorable legacy!!

bwrightbrizee  – (June 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM)  

hooah (for the Army)!! :-)) Those are sure some cute parade watchers!!!

Anonymous –   – (June 16, 2012 at 10:19 PM)  

A beautiful tribute on Flag Day! A special memory embedded in the hearts of your children. My heart and prayers go out to the families affected by the loss of their loved ones, too.

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