Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Festivities

Downtown

Yesterday I posted a tribute to the military and expressed our gratitude to those who have, or are still serving. It was a touching day for us, and one we enjoyed despite the chill in the air (at the end of May!) and the constant rain.

At lunchtime I stepped outside for something and even with it raining, I could clearly hear a neighbor standing   outside, playing Taps on his bugle. WHO DOES THAT??? It was so surprising that I was transfixed. It was an amazing, touching thing, and I hated when it was over. I suspect it was the older gentleman down the road who had his flag flying half mast, and was most likely a member of the military.

Just as he was finishing the neighbor next door stepped out, in his dress uniform (police) and gave a wave. I suspected, and later it was confirmed that he was going to participate in the Memorial Day tribute.

Ronald McDonald gave hubby a smile on a stick. He's such a clown (Ronald, not hubby. hehehe)

Then we headed out with our little family to enjoy the public festivities. The outdoor BBQ was cancelled due to rain. The inflatable bounce house, face painting, and such were also cancelled due to the rain. The tribute and parade were still going to go though, and we didn't want to miss it.

It was amazing how many people showed up, despite the constant rain, and I thought that was really awesome.


One float in the parade was comprised of a group of older veterans. They were riding on the back of a truck with a flat back (like for a hay ride), sitting on their bench seats in the rain, waving to the crowd. On each side of the truck were large pictures of the members when they were younger, in their military uniforms. I thought that was really cool. An older woman was sitting up front singing God Bless America. When it was time to leave, our car was parked in the lot with a retirement bus and workers were helping those same people from the float dismount from the truck and make it to the bus. That made it even more touching to me, for some reason.


I really liked the old cars. The one above had a 1901 plate on the front. The one below is the one that hubby marveled over the most (it even 'sounded!' like one of the old race cards he said... which made me laugh since, hello it was one of the old race cars). Never mind, he's my husband, I can laugh at him if I want to. ;)


Remember I lived in South Florida for 18 years, so John Deere was not a household name. Sure, we knew who he was, but Ron Jon had more meaning. ;) So... to see the way things work up here, with the fairs, parades and such always makes me laugh. But I'll tell you, I'm starting to like it.

The grand finale' was the firetrucks, but just before them, making their grand entrance and exit was a looong line of tractors.  Two different tractors had women riding in the little seat on the back.  Again, in the rain, lol!



It was a good time, and a nice way to spend the extra day off in the week.
I hope everyone who celebrates the day had a good one.


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  1. Sounds like a nice relaxing day, fun too

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    1. It wasn't too shabby. I like long weekends. :)

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  2. My kids love parades, but we skipped the one in our town yesterday. The Memorial Day parade here is so short/small, that it's almost not worth fighting the crowd to see it. The one they do for the 4th of July is Awesome, though, so we will be at that one for sure.

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    1. My little one was amazed that they throw candy...he's never been that close to the front before to be able to get any, so he thought that parade was reallllly rocking. ;)

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    1. They had a good variety, it was fun to see the differences between them.

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  4. It looks like you guys had a wonderful Memorial Day celebrations. I loved all of the photos capturing the highlights of your day. Thanks for stopping by and sending me well wishes & good thoughts from time to time as I recover from this chronic intestinal flareup. God bless!

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    1. It's fun to have a place to put my pictures now that I'm blogging. :)

      You're welcome for the well wishes, hopefully your flareup will pick up and leave sooner than soon.

      Thanks for the visit back. :)

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  5. I love those old cars! It sounds like you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Many the week be wonderful for you :)

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    1. I like them too, it's amazing how different they were not all that long ago. Happy week to you too!

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  6. Those cars are so dinky looking haha but fun to watch indeed

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    1. No room for the kids' friends that's for sure. ;)

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  7. What a GREAT Day you all had!! I sometimes see those old cars driving down the road.... Slowing driving down the road. They are probably headed to a get together or a parade.

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    1. I see them in groups on the road from time to time too. :)

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  8. Despite the rain sounds like you had a great time! Ronald's umbrella smile...classic, but I really dig that 1901 car. I'm a fan of antique vehicles.

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    1. They had quite a few in there that were really cool, one a type I'd never seen before. I wish there'd have been more. :)

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  9. We had a lot canceled here to because of rain! It looks like you still had a fun day.

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    1. It was fun and they still did the tribute too, which surprised me, but in a good way.

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  10. I'm glad every one went out in the rain - and celebrated anyway. sandie

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  11. That looked like a lot of fun I think you sent it here in London it's chucking it down heheh!

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    1. It's supposed to rain here all week long. Lots of green coming out everywhere though, so it's well worth it :)

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  12. Okay that TAPS tribute would have given me chills and stopped me in my tracks. That's actually really, really cool. :)

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    1. It was, and it was even cooler that it was just a neighbor and not anything to do with an organized event. Little things... :)

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  13. Looks like it was a fantastic and memorable time, despite the rain.
    So glad so many people showed up.

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    1. I was glad there was a nice turn out too. :)

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  14. Well this post reminded me of growing up and the respect the community game to its servicemen and women. I'm glad to see it still exists in places.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. We do have a nice little town here, I'm appreciating it more and more. Thanks for your visit. :)

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  15. What a nice parade despite the rain. Over the years, we've enjoyed the Memorial Day parades in the next town over. Our town is so small and they don't have an official parade. This year we went horseback riding instead.

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    1. I've never been horseback riding, but it looks especially nice!

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  16. I enjoyed your post and your photos. =)
    What a lovely parade!

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    1. It was nice. Thanks for the visit. :)

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  17. I enjoyed this very much. It's great to remember those who gave our lives to be free. The land of the brave and home of the free.

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    1. Lots of patriotism around yesterday and I was super glad to see it. It's nice to reconnect to things of value that we are able to take for granted sometimes.

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  18. Looks like it was a really nice parade! Ours is tiny, but people still come to see it, which I think is wonderful! I can't believe the rain you got yesterday! It sprinkled here a bit at night, but nothing like that! Sorry it cause so much of the festivities to be cancelled :-(

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    1. It's supposed to rain all week. We got thunderstorms today and it's pouring right now. EVERYTHING is blooming now!! :)

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  19. Oh my goodness...my son would have gone BANANAS for those tractors!

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    1. People of all ages were driving them too...and women were too. NO one seemed to care they were getting rained on. :)

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  20. That looks like a great way to celebrate the day! Too bad the weather didn't cooperate, but looks like everyone made the best of it :)

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    1. We were like the mailman...neither rain...nor, well you get the idea. ;)

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  21. Looks like a wonderful day!! I never heard if our city had a parade. How sad!

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    1. It was fun! I'm coming over to see what you've been up to. :)

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    1. No lighting and it didn't pour while the festivities were running, just a light drizzle, so it was all good. :)

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  23. That is the coolest thing about your neighbor. Would be so touching to hear Taps randomly in the outside.
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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    1. Thanks, Jamie. It was the most unusual and cool thing I've seen witnessed in awhile. :)

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  24. that is pretty cool... and i would have been bawling like a baby hearing TAPS (I cry everytime!)

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    1. Aww, Noelle. I was tearing up at the parade and wondering what in the world is wrong w/me, lol. Glad being sentimental puts me in good company. :D

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  25. Our neighbor got a new DJ system and was annoying us like mad until he played the Star Spangled Banner about sic hours into it. I was in my bathroom and I saluted myself.

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  26. What a wonderful day you all had! Too bad about the weather though!

    Happy Wednesday, Rosey!

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    1. It wasn't so bad. The activities would have been fun for the kids, but it was still a good time without them. :)

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  27. Jealous of all the people who had parades in their town. I guess we don't do that here. But you're right, people will stand in almost any weather for a parade. When I was a reporter, I once attended a parade in sleet and freezing cold, and people were still sending their kids into the street to grab candy. Hard core.

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    1. LOL, I had to stop my own from running in front of the cute (very) little boy next to us to get candy. My sweet innocent son turned candy predator when he realized the deal. ;)

      A reporter, huh? Nice gig. :)

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  28. Oh wow that looks like a great time!

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