For some years, my husband’s family had a tradition for Memorial Day weekend at the Calvary Cemetery in Duluth, Minnesota. On Friday, we would plant flags at the graves of those who had served in the military and on Monday we would take the flags down. We would also attend the ceremony on Memorial Day complete with honor guard and bugler playing taps. It was always bittersweet and sometimes heartbreaking. I only remember one speech that was way too partisan and inappropriate but otherwise, speeches were short and fraught with meaning and love for our military. Often we put those flags up and took them down in the pouring rain–Memorial Day weekend in northeastern Minnesota is often like that. It was a small sacrifice. As time passed, there were less and less veterans and volunteers to perform this duty–now you go to the cemetery and pick up a flag at the entrance if you wish to place one on a loved one’s grave. My father-in-law has long since passed, along with all of his brothers and American Legion friends. Please take a moment to think about all of those who have died to keep us in America and around the world free.
Here is a traditional block called Soldier Boy. I have changed the dimensions so that two blocks together will make a 12-1/2 inch block. I’ll try to upload the pattern this week–it’s just a rough sketch right now. And don’t worry about the funky triangles–that part is paper-pieced. If you would like to make a Quilt of Valor for wounded soldiers, go here for guidelines. Or make a quilt for your own veteran family member, neighbor or friend. God Bless America.