Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Remembering Our Military

This Saturday, June 6th commemorates the 65th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied Forces' invasion at the beaches of Normandy, France. Two-hundred and forty-four rangers (most very young boys) scaled Pointe du Huc to take the cliffs for liberation.

I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Normandy and most of the WWI and WWII sites in France, while treating my oldest son, Thom (a HUGE military history buff), to a vacation last Fall. The two of us covered most of the northern part of France from Paris to Normandy, to the German border, to the white cliffs of Dover, and onto London, seeing everything we could with cameras in tow. Normandy's beaches, the American Cemetary, and the surrounding countryside is all so very touching and I felt especially proud to be an American. I learned so much about the history, strategy and tactics of both Wars through the eyes and knowledge of my son.

Thom left for Boot Camp over three weeks ago.. and until today all we had was the brief, obligatory phone call to say he arrived safely at the Base. Today, FINALLY, there's mail, and it's such a pleasure to now have an address to send him letters and cards. I'm not sure homemade chocolate chip cookies are permitted just yet!! But you know once they're allowed he'll be getting care packages, just like his Dad and our cousins got during the VietNam war and since. The tradition continues.

Coincidently, I made this card today so I could send to him, knowing I would hear from him sometime soon. But with this anniversary approaching, I was also thinking of D-Day and the solemn, sobering feelings it brings knowing I walked on the same beaches where US and Allied soldiers were in combat 65 years ago.

Here's a picture of my own personal "Patriot". I wish him "God speed". At ease soldier!



















Details: Jessica Lynn Original Digital image, copic markers, misc DP, white and black linen paper.

12 comments:

Michelle said...

Your card is perfect! I love it...it's just too cute :)

Enjoyed reading your post today...chocolate chip cookies....hmmmmm...sounds yummy...lol..hope you find out soon :)

Linda's Craziness said...

Love that little stamp. Our prayers are always with those in the service as I have many family members in active duty these days, even one nephew in the Gulf.

God Bless You and Your Family

Tracey Cuccia said...

Peggy - this is a great card...and what a wonderful thing Thom has done -- My family and I thank him, and your husband (and you too!) for the sacrifices you have/are making for our country...God Bless...

Karen from PA said...

This is so sweet. You must be so proud of your son, I imagine it's really hard to not be able to communicate with him regularly.

Sara said...

Adorable card, and thanks so much to our son for his patriotism!

Ally said...

What a cute little guy, perfect for your son! You must be so very proud of your family! It sounds like the two of you must have had an amazing trip last year, what a beautiful thing to share together.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

I loved reading this post today. Thank you!

Angie Williams said...

That card is adorable!

Gina said...

Great card for your son, your coloring is perfect. I'm happy that you have an address to send things to now. Thanks for sharing the memories of your trip!

my5bratz said...

What a wondderful image...and story :0)

Scrubbysue said...

What a wonderful card and a handsome picture. Please thank him for his dedication to our country and God bless you and yours.

Stampin' Pam said...

What a perfect card for your son Peggy. He will truly appreciate it - no question. If you ever want me to send him a RAK card just send me his address and I will do it asap! Thanks for helping with my daughter's BD card, too.
Hugs and smiles.

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