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i was thinking specifically of my parents and grandparents as i made this this memorial day but then expanded my thinking as i reminisced about when i was a very young grade- schooler growing up in sw pennsylvania decades ago. we got “memorial day” off school then not jsut as a holiday but as a true day of memorial. i lived on an extrememly rural large farm and there was a small graveyard on the property that had those gone on from just ours and the surrounding 5 or 6 farms. memorial day we would go down and give it a good srping cleaning. we cut the grass and pull the weeds, clear bruch where it always encroached on the edges, clean the memorial stones and place flowers or flags – several had been in military and public service – in memorium. most importantly we’d hear the storiees of who they were and remember them. happy memorial day to all who celebrate it. today remember all those who’ve gone on and not just our well deserving veterans. i think it’s a good idea to have a “memorial day” every month and remember those who’ve gone before making it possible for us to be here as we are and also to ponder who we are and how we may make things for those who come after that they might be proud to give us a memorial day when we’ve passed on also. peace and joy

this one is dedicated with sincere appreciation to all those who’ve passed on before – military, public service and just good citizens – who strove to make things better in this world. may i live up to your examples.

i usually type out a fav kipling poem each memorial day but haven’t the energy today alas so putting a link instead. YAY for the www!

recessional by rudyard kipling

ded is just a grumpy old geezer who likes to fool around wtih camera and computer and, hopefully brighten people’s day wtih the results. my philosophy of art

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  • Danica Radman
    Danica Radmanover 3 years ago

    so beautiful
    my they all rest in peace

  • thanks very much. i hadn’t gotten a link on yet. it’s a kipling poem i usually quote for memorial day recessional by rudyard kipling

    – dedmanshootn

  • vigor
    vigorover 3 years ago

    Beautiful thoughts. I too have some wonderful childhood memories of Memorial Day. I’d sit in the cemetary and watch the parade come down and then stay for the special service and 21 gun salute. That was exciting! They deserve our whole hearted thanks for sure!!! We wouldn’t be here if not for them!

  • you are so right my friend. got a link to kipling poem i wanted
    recessional by rudyard kipling

    – dedmanshootn

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 3 years ago


  • thanks much my friend!

    – dedmanshootn

  • Norma-jean Morrison
    Norma-jean Mor...over 3 years ago

    Dave, you are such a wonderful nan ajj love always, Normaje

  • thanks for your kind constant support my dear friend!

    – dedmanshootn

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful and touching tribute, Dave.

  • thank you much

    – dedmanshootn

  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    Ohh so beautiful Dave great tribute

  • glad you like

    – dedmanshootn

  • Meladana
    Meladanaover 3 years ago

    A lovely tribute Dave, the dark background is perfect!

  • glad you like. i didn’t like the bg so i darkend down the pic quite a bit then upped the contrast to rebring out the lily. was pretty happy with the result thanks

    – dedmanshootn

    JUSTARTover 3 years ago


  • thanks!

    – dedmanshootn

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 3 years ago

    Ooooh this is a wonderful tribute Dave. Awesome work:-)

  • thanks vcery much!

    – dedmanshootn

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 3 years ago


  • :-)

    – dedmanshootn

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