In the United States, Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer so that usually brings to mind cookouts or picnics, going to the beach, relaxing with family and friends or spending time in the garden. However, when I looked up the meaning of Memorial Day, I discovered that it is the day to honour and remember those men and women that have lost their lives in the service of their country. I decided that even though Canada does that on November 11th each year, I was going to go with the true meaning of Memorial Day rather than making anything related to summer.
When a Canadian soldier dies in Afghanistan, their body is brought to Trenton Air Base in Ontario, which is about an hour east of where I live. The body is then transported in a motorcade, which includes his or her family along the main highway to Toronto. The section of the highway from Trenton to Toronto has officially been named Highway of Heroes. It is always announced which day the soldier will be brought home and the motorcade always travels at the same time so people line the overpasses with their flags to pay respect to the soldier. There is always at least one police car, ambulance and fire truck with lights flashing and the first responders standing on the vehicle to salute as the motorcade passes. Ordinary people traveling the highway at the same time drop back so as not to interfere with the motorcade and people trying to enter the highway at any interchange wait until it passes. This happens in the warm sunshine, the pouring rain, a snow storm and when the temperatures are well below freezing.
I have included a verse inside and while the colours are not those usually thought of for a sympathy card, certainly the beautiful image and the sentiments are appropriate and could be used as such.
Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal,
love leaves a memory
no one can steal.
I hope you will all choose an image from Isabella's Sketchbook and join the challenge with your lovely creation about Memorial Day. Isabella has so many appropriate images no matter what Memorial Day makes you think of. While you are checking out the challenge, take a look at all the wonderful cards made by the other design team members, visit their blogs and leave a comment. I know they would love to hear from you.
The image from Isabella's Sketchbook is called Garden Party Round and has been coloured with a combination of Prismacolor and Koh-I-Noor pencil crayons. The paper is from Daisy D's and Recollections (Michaels). The card stock is Recollections (Michaels). The sentiment is computer generated. The butterflies were made of parchment paper using Pergamano techniques and then hand cut. Other supplies used: Star Dust Stickles (Ranger), Pearl Stickers (Recollections from Michaels), Mini Gems (Dollarama), Border Punch (Martha Stewart) and Ribbon (Michaels).
Cec - a beautifully moving post and a lovely card. I love the central image - great colouring - and the almost ethereal butterflies really set it off so well. A great success, as always.ReplyDelete
Beautiful card Cec! I love that image and those embossed butterflies!!!ReplyDelete
Wow, Cec, this is fabulous. I love everything about it. It has such a clean, crisp feel with the sharp contrast between the red and white. Wonderful layout and the graduated sizes of butterflies are the perfect finishing touch!ReplyDelete
Oh wow Cec, this is such a moving post and a beautiful card.ReplyDelete
Your card is beautiful - and your post actually brought a tear to my eye. I support our troops! Both the Canadian and the U.S. troops!ReplyDelete
Beautiful card Cec, and I love your wording on your blog, makes you stop and think. Sue C xReplyDelete
Not only is your card breathtaking but you have also written a most beautiful and thought provoking post. It's always pleasure to come to your blog - you are a wonderful crafter with loads of talent and creativity and also very skilled with words.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for being you
Beautiful Cec! Very touching post and beautiful card. Love your butterflies! Viv xxReplyDelete
Love your card. The butterflies are beautiful
Thank you for sharing the Canadian custom with us. This is a wonderful custom and respectful way to honor your fallen troops and their families. I wish we had a similar customer in the USA.ReplyDelete
Your card is beautiful. I love how you used your national colors and the image is just perfect.
A beautiful tribute to our heros around the world!ReplyDelete
your card is lovely, but your post is what touches me the most! so beautiful.ReplyDelete
Cec, What a moving post! It brings tears to my eyes. My father served in the Canadian Army in WWII. I love your card with its cute butterflies. Have a great week.ReplyDelete