According to history.com, the Memorial Day tradition began in 1868 as a way to remember the soldiers lost in the Civil War. Originally called "Decoration Day", the tradition expanded during World War I to commemorate American soldiers lost in all wars.
Growing up in Hampton Roads, an area with a Navy, Coast Guard, Marine, and Army bases all located within 30 miles of each other, I learned early to appreciate the role of our troops in procuring and maintaining the freedom that we all enjoy today. I thought that this little sign would be a great addition to my Memorial Day decorations.
I started with a 10" x 10" canvas I found at Michaels. When I got home I realized that I did not have the parchment colored paint that I wanted to use for the background. Since our local Michaels recently moved across town, I decided to try to mix colors and make my own parchment color instead of driving all the way out there again. I learned to check my supplies before I shop, because I am not a good paint mixer! Anyway, I eventually got the color I wanted and cut the words out with my Cricut ("Everyday Fonts" cartridge).
I also finally got around to at least starting my patriotic wreath.
When I finished adding the hydrangeas and the leaves it looked like it needed something
so I added some dried flowers and an old bow. The jury is still out on both. I think I liked it better without the bow. Oh well, I will decide before it goes back up for Fourth of July.
I hope that you have a very Happy and Safe Memorial Day weekend! Thanks for stopping by today!