saturday 9

Battle Hymn of the Republic

1) On May 30, 1868, President Grant presided over the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery. Have you ever visited Arlington Cemetery? yes--it's profound

2) On Memorial Day, it is customary to fly the flag at half-staff until noon and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset. Will you be flying the flag at your home this weekend? no

3) Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, because flowers and ribbons were left on graves of soldiers. Do you find solace in visiting cemeteries? I love investigating old stones, I used to have quite a few rubbings--there's even a historical cemetery tour in my town

4) The lyrics to this week's song were written by Julia Ward Howe in 1861. Her inspiration was a White House visit with Abraham Lincoln. In 2020, under normal circumstances, public tours of the White House are available but you must request your ticket in advance from your Member of Congress (House or Senate). When you travel, do you plan your trip weeks before you go? Or do you decide how your days will unfold once you reach your destination? Usually a combination of both: I make a list of things I would like to do and what preparations need to be made, then I go with the flow once I get there

5) Judy Garland performed this week's song before a live audience as a tribute to President Kennedy, who had been assassinated just weeks before. She knew Kennedy personally and considered this a farewell to a friend. While the performance was difficult for her -- at one point she flubs the lyrics -- she believed it was important, and could perhaps help the country heal. Tell us about a song that reminds you of someone you loved who is no longer with us. Up, Up and Away will always remind me of my mum--we used to sing it together

6) John F. Kennedy served in WWII and was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps medal and a Purple Heart. His brother Joe also served and was awarded the Navy Cross, but he received his citation posthumously, having died during a flying mission over East Suffolk, England. Here at Saturday 9, we consider everyone who serves a hero and want to hear about the veterans and active military members in your life. both of my brothers-in-law were in the Air Force and met my sisters while at the local airbase--I'm super proud of them both!

7) Memorial Day is considered the beginning of the summer season. Will you be enjoying warm weather this weekend? yes!!!!! 60s and 70s and sunny!

8) Berries are especially popular in summer. Which is your favorite: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or raspberries? everything but blueberries, I detest blueberries

9) If you could attend a Memorial Day picnic with any fictional character, which would you choose? Inspector Armand Gamache, my hero from the Three Pines mystery series by Louise Penny.


songbird's crazy world said...

I love that song!

The Gal Herself said...

What a charming memory of your mom.

Lori said...

I am so glad you have some sun for the weekend! Yay!!
Thank-you to your family for their service!
Hey, I see you have Beach Read! I am wanting to read that too. Let me know what you think. I am on the waiting list for it. Loved your answers! Have a nice weekend.


CountryDew said...

Great memory of your mom. My husband dislikes blueberries, too. If I want to be sure I get the pancakes, I put blueberries in them!

Stacy said...

No blueberries? And there you are in blueberry central! Yea! Another cemetery lover. My thanks to your bil's.

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

I have learned about so many new book series that I had not heard of before this blog question.

Diana_CT said...

The cemetery where my parents are buried goes back to the early 1700s. The name of the town was originally called "The Great Swamp Society" how would you like to life in a town named like that?