Land of the Free Because of the Brave

 

Land of the Free Because of the Brave | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #4thofJuly #memorialday

While Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to summer,

it’s a day set aside to honor those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice

for our country, defending our freedom and democracy.

"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”

– Franklin D. Roosevelt

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”

– Joseph Campbell

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.

“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”

– Unknown

"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." - Adlai Stevenson II

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

– Adlai Stevenson II

"Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor."  - George H. W. Bush

“Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor.”

– George H. W. Bush

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." –Ronald Reagan

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

– Ronald Reagan

"This nation will remain the land of the free only as long as it is home of the brave."   – Elmer Davis | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #memorialdayquote #flag #boat

“This nation will remain the land of the free only as long as it is home of the brave.”

  –Elmer Davis

Patriotic Flower Arrangement with an American Flag DIY | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #memorialday #patriotic #flowers #July4th #lake #DIY

Find a tutorial to create an easy patriotic centerpiece with an American flag

to celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day (June 14th), or the Fourth of July, HERE.

American Stars and Stripes Swooper Flags lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #memorialday #patriotic #LKN #flags

However you celebrate this Memorial Day, take some time to recognize,

reflect, and remember how fortunate we are to live in freedom.

Memorial Day: Celebrate, Honor, Remember. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #memorialday #flag #dock #lake #flags

Memorial Day: Celebrate, Honor, Remember.

Celebrate the Red, White & Blue! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #memorialday #flagweek #4thofJuly #tablescapes #sheshed #recipes

Find more ways to celebrate the red, white and blue, HERE.

Lola and Sophie napping on pontoon #flag #lake #memorialday #boatingwithdogs #bichonfrise

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 May we never forget that freedom isn’t free. | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #memorialday #4thofjuly #flag

May we never forget that freedom isn’t free.

 Dock Basket with Queen Anne's Lace and American Flags | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #memorialday #flag #dock #basket #lake #flowers

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  27 comments for “Land of the Free Because of the Brave

  1. Cindi
    May 30, 2022 at 6:32 am

    I have been waiting for pictures of the lake and your puppies! Thank you for sharing but more importantly thank you for the inspirational pictures and quotes. As a wife of a retired Navy sailor and with the crisis this country is experiencing it is so critical that we never forget the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for each of us. Peace.

  2. Pat
    May 30, 2022 at 7:06 am

    Mary, as a spouse of a deceased retired Air Force veteran, I want to thank you for always honoring our veterans! No one but us realize the sacrifices made for our country.

  3. May 30, 2022 at 7:23 am

    Thank you for honoring those who gave their ultimate sacrifice for our Freedom!
    Happy Memorial Day to you and yours!

  4. May 30, 2022 at 8:01 am

    Thank you for this wonderful post reminding us of why we celebrate Memorial Day. I love all the quotes and red, white and blue photos!

  5. Jacki Salinas
    May 30, 2022 at 8:44 am

    Wonderful post. Thank you for the beautiful reminders and inspiration.

  6. Pamela
    May 30, 2022 at 9:12 am

    Thank you SO much. 😔 LOVE this even though, o especially because, it makes me tear up.

  7. Dorinda Selke
    May 30, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Mary ~ such a beautiful and patriotic post ! Happy Memorial Day to you and yours ! 🇺🇸 Hugs, Dorinda

  8. May 30, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Wonderful tribute for those who have given their lives. Your photos are so beautiful. Thank you for honoring those who have fought for our freedom.

  9. Lisa Buick
    May 30, 2022 at 9:29 am

    What a beautiful post for Memorial Day. So many people don’t realize this day is to celebrate and remember all those who died to protect our beautiful country. You have captured that in a simply and profound way. Thank you for sharing with us. Your blog is one of many that I follow and I want you to know that it is one of my favorites. I am so excited when a new entry appears in my inbox. I love everything you do and so many times what you share inspires me to do something similar. I hope you and your family have a blessed, safe, and happy day. Remember the fallen.

  10. May 30, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Thank you for all the fabulous quotes and photos Mary, Cheers to the red, white and blue! 🇺🇸

  11. Clara
    May 30, 2022 at 9:48 am

    A beautiful and moving post. Love each frame. Thanks Mary! Clara ❤️

  12. Judith D Shinn
    May 30, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Although I do read each of your posts, I have not commented more than once or twice. This post, however, inspired me to because of the profoundness of it. I fear that if we as Americans don’t continue to remember and share what this and other patriotic day celebrations truly mean, our freedom will be lost. Our younger generations have not experienced the wars during which our heroes gave their lives. It is up to us as parents and grandparents to make sure the importance of these days is made known and acknowledged. Your post is a great way to share what past leaders have expressed. I would love to share it on FB, but would not without your permission.
    Thank you for sharing your love of our country and its freedom. May you have a safe and blessed Memorial Day,

    • Sheran
      May 30, 2022 at 10:52 am

      Thank you, very special and greatly appreciated! 🇺🇸♥️

    • May 30, 2022 at 10:59 am

      Thank you for your comment and visit Judith! I agree, I think Ronald Reagan’s quote “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” Is especially true today. You’re welcome to share my post on FB via the sharing button on my FB page or FB sharing button at the bottom of the post. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

      • Judith D Shinn
        May 31, 2022 at 9:29 am

        Thank you, Mary, Blessings for a great rest of the week.

  13. Christie
    May 30, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Well said. Thank you.

  14. Martha Franks
    May 30, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Thank you, Mary, for all of these reminders and beautiful pictures to put our hearts and minds in a place of grateful peace.

  15. May 30, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    A beautiful post. Loved all the quotes. Wishing you, your husband and four-legged children a blessed Memorial Day.

  16. Donna
    May 30, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    Mary, thanks for all these important quotes. I have forwarded us to friends.

  17. May 30, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful quotes for this Memorial Day, Mary. I worry on the one about extinction with the way our country is headed. That’s why I cried yesterday at the end of my church service when we sang America the Beautiful. I thought of how our dear country used to be. I appreciate your lovely images, quotes and darling pictures of Lola and Sophie. God bless America. ❤️🇺🇸💙

  18. May 30, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Mary, this is a fabulous collection of quotes in tribute to our fallen heroes. Thank you for sharing these along with your perfect patriotic images.

  19. babs
    May 30, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Bless You and God Bless America

  20. Jane
    May 30, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    I join the others who appreciate your thoughtful post. Our son serves, and many people are unaware of why our patriotism is important to keep alive.

  21. Sally
    May 30, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Beautiful post, Mary! Thank you and God Bless you!🇺🇸

  22. May 31, 2022 at 8:18 am

    A wonderful remembrance for all, thank you!

  23. Sami's Aunt Nancy
    May 31, 2022 at 10:12 am

    Thank you, Mary, for this poignant post. So fitting for these times. Oh, that we will all remember how others have paid for our freedom, and honor the sacrifice they and their families have made.

  24. June 1, 2022 at 7:50 am

    Thank you Mary for this Patriotic display! I have several flag/banner floral arrangements! I was under the impression that a person could not use a real flag for an arrangement but can use a banner…l use scarves! Either way, I love all the Red White & Blue!! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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