Monday, May 30, 2011

In Memorium and In Appreciation

These flowers, which were on our church altar yesterday, were taken to the residents of the Arkansas Veterans Home this afternoon by Gardening Daughter, her husband and myself.  The flowers were given by one of our church members to the Glory of God and in memory of our country’s patriots; those who gave their lives to defend it and those who lived their lives to promote and support national values and unity.
The men and women who live in the facility seem always glad to have visits from folk in the community, even those they don't know, and they, and the staff, seem to genuinely appreciate flowers. These had an extra added attraction in that they smelled wonderful.  Some of the white flowers are Stock, which has a distinct fragrance of sweet cloves; I love their perfume.

The Veterans Home is as pleasant as a place like it can be, I suppose. It's clean and well maintained and with a very friendly and, I trust, helpful staff. It was my son-in-law's first visit, but I suspect it will not be his last. 
I hope you had an enjoyable Memorial Day holiday, and whatever else you did, I hope you took a minute or two to remember why this day is set apart.  
Tomorrow is also a day. 


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pat, What a nice thing to do. I love those flowers... Of course, blue is always a fav color of mine and I don't see it too often in flower arrangements. That one is gorgeous --and it was nice of you all to take it to the Veteran's Home.

Hope you have had a great Memorial Day.

Arkansas Patti said...

You did more than give lip service to the day. How wonderful that you visited the home and brought such a beautiful arrangement.
Wouldn't it be nice if we all adopted a veteran to send cards to and to visit?

NitWit1 said...

Where is the Veteran's Home in relation to you? My husband would eligible but I understand the waiting list is long, and I'm sure there are others more needy than he might be.

I stopped at 3 PM to say thank you for those living and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

I saw it written in a paper on on the 'Net. Anyway, I did it.

I had cataract surgery yesterday and was driving today. Pretty good, huh!

Countrygirl said...

The flowers are beautiful, and the message is too. Thank you for doing it!

Hilary said...

What a lovely gesture. So you!

Suldog said...

That is a wonderful thing to do. I'm going to try and keep that in mind for the future.

rhymeswithplague said...

I love the blue hydrangeas!

Peter said...

A really beautiful thing to do.

Southwest Arkie said...

Very sweet, and I know they appreciated it!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

JUNE 6---Me again, Pat. I tried to email you, but the email came back. You may be gone and your email box may be full....????

Anyhow--I wanted you to know that George's Mom died this morning.. She died peacefully-thanks be to God... Funeral is Wed. we think..


Carolina said...

Such beautiful flowers. I'm sure your gesture was very much appreciated (is that even English? but you know what I mean) by the veterans.