With Memorial Day coming up I know many of us will be gathering with friends and family for barbecues and celebrating the onset of summer. I think it is important to pause and take a time to honor those who have fallen in service of our country and given us all the freedom we are so blessed to enjoy.
I came up with the following; an easy, inexpensive and quick way to add extra meaning to your celebrations this coming weekend. You can put these together in minutes!
Small, hand held flags are for sale and available just about anywhere right now for mere pennies a piece. These flags are about 3" x 5" and come attached to a 12" wooden dowel.
How I made these unique was by finding some favorite quotes (I'll provide a list at the end of the post) relevant to the service and sacrifice of soldiers. I printed them off and included interpretations and meanings of each quote.
I cut each quote out to fit inside the flags and attached one to each of the wooden dowels simply by sliding it underneath.
Next, I rolled the quotes up inside the flags
I tied the flags with a small string. I used some hemp which I had on hand.
You can place one at each setting, tuck into a napkin or stand inside their glass. You could gather a lot of them together into a vase and pass it around a campfire or the bbq and let each person read the quote aloud.
These are simple and festive favors but very meaningful at the same time.
I gathered quotes from some books we have in our library and from around the web. Here are some great examples:
Joining:Romantic Home Country French Cottage Charm of Home Between Naps on the Porch
Pink Saturday Strut Your Stuff Saturdays
Friday Favorites Flaunt It Fridays
Fabulously Creative Friday
Funky Junk Interiors