Planting Flags at the Visalia Cemetery for Memorial Day

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered. When my friend Michele invited me and my family out to help plants flags on veterans graves at the Visalia Cemetery, I was honored and excited to be a part of this solemn act to honor those who have given all in service to their country.
What we remember—and honor—on Memorial Day is heroic sacrifice. We acknowledge those who nobly gave of themselves, even unto death, for a purpose they believed was greater than themselves.
True sacrifice is always at the service of life. We learn this from Jesus, who made the ultimate sacrifice and remained faithful through his Passion, death, and Resurrection. Jesus’ greater purpose for this sacrifice was our well-being—that we might have life and have it abundantly.
This Memorial Day, as we remember all who have served and sacrificed on our behalf, let us not forget what Jesus was willing to give up for us—and the lessons we can learn from that perfect example of sacrifice.

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It was humbling to take time out of our weekend to honor those who served, those who sacrificed and those who helped to uphold the ideals of this One Nation Under God. Happy Memorial Day and God Bless!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls.

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

63 thoughts on “Planting Flags at the Visalia Cemetery for Memorial Day

  • 25 May, 2015 at 8:45 pm
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    What a wonderful thing to do as a family. Next year we should try to go to the service they have at Armona/Grangeville cemetery.

    • 26 May, 2015 at 1:36 pm
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      I guess Visalia has one too.. we were going to go to that one, and help to take the flags down, but Jonathan had to work on Memorial Day! 🙁

  • 25 May, 2015 at 10:02 pm
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    Nice photos and lovely family you’ve got.

    Rellaidiovo.blogspot.com

    • 26 May, 2015 at 1:36 pm
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      Thank you!! <3

  • 25 May, 2015 at 11:14 pm
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    Oh Gingi … what an important thing to do, to model for your little ones, to serve your country. So touching.

    • 26 May, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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      I was looking at all of the families and young kids there helping and getting involved, and I realized, this is what I want for my kids. I want to model this kind of community involvement and convey these important life lessons!

  • 26 May, 2015 at 12:06 am
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    What a wonderful tribute to Memorial Day! Also, I just read your goat post, and I’m sorry to hear your city council is giving you such a hard time. #ImProGoat

    • 26 May, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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      They’ll come around. I have a good feeling I’m winning this fight. 😉

  • 26 May, 2015 at 4:34 am
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    What fabulous parents you are for taking your daughters to do this.It is such a wonderful experience for children. Since my children were babies, we have gone to clean up family graves every Memorial day and to place flags on our family members who served in the armed forces.

    • 26 May, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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      Awwww thanks! I do want to make this a regular thing in our family.. volunteering and serving! It’s a great foundation for little ones!

  • 26 May, 2015 at 11:29 am
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    Beautiful photos.. all of these! I think that’s my favorite thing about America, the pride you all have for your country and the people who fight for it!

    xx Naomi in Wonderland

    • 26 May, 2015 at 1:39 pm
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      <3

  • 26 May, 2015 at 11:49 am
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    Gingi, this is a lovely Memorial Day tribute and I really appreciate the analogy to Christ and the ultimate sacrifice He made for us. Lovely photographs to accompany the post as well.

    • 26 May, 2015 at 1:42 pm
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      Thank you Laura! <3

  • 26 May, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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    Our town has a parade and then a little service at the end where we read the Gettysburg address, the official order for Memorial Day to be set aside as a holiday, the winning entry by a youth in an essay contest, the names of the town residents who have fallen in any war since the civil war, a 3 gun salute, dedication of memorial wreaths, and a keynote address. The whole event reminds me of what Memorial Day is really about.. many of us celebrate and have fun, but for other families across our nation, it is a rough day.

    • 26 May, 2015 at 1:43 pm
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      WOW, that sounds like an AWESOME town tradition!! You guys know what it’s all about!! I wish out city was more involved!!

  • 26 May, 2015 at 1:47 pm
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    What an incredible thing to do! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • 27 May, 2015 at 4:35 pm
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      <3

    • 27 May, 2015 at 4:39 pm
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      Yeah, I think I may make this an annual thing with my family! <3

  • 26 May, 2015 at 5:10 pm
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    Hi Gingi! What a perfect way to spend this holiday. Your work really inspired me, and I know you did the same for everyone you worked with, and who saw the flags at the grave sites. It’s so important to never forget that our freedom isn’t free. People really did lose their lives, and were hurt in innumerable ways by war. I know that I benefit from their sacrifices.
    Beautiful post,
    Ceil

    • 27 May, 2015 at 4:40 pm
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      This comment is so touching!! Thank you so much for your kind words!! <3

    • 27 May, 2015 at 4:36 pm
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      We did!! It was a blast!

  • 26 May, 2015 at 9:24 pm
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    Gorgeous photos and Scarlet has those same cute denim-looking leggings.
    What a meaningful family thing. I take my kids to a parade every year but it’s not all fun and games. They ask all sorts of questions about soldiers and I try to answer as best as I can.

    • 27 May, 2015 at 4:37 pm
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      Yeah, I consider myself very well versed and well spoken when it comes to explaining things of historical or spiritual significance, but I feel like I am completely incompetent when it comes to explaining things to children!! eep!

  • 26 May, 2015 at 11:51 pm
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    This was such a beautiful thing to do as a family. Remembrance is a thing I think we as a people need to keep alive. I so enjoyed this post.

    Kia / House of KTS (formerly known as Pure & Complex)
    http://www.houseofkts.com

    • 27 May, 2015 at 4:38 pm
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      I agree 100% And thank you!

  • 27 May, 2015 at 3:20 am
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    What a wonderful thing to do! Thank you! And beautiful pictures too!

    • 27 May, 2015 at 4:38 pm
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      Of course! <3

    • 28 May, 2015 at 2:03 pm
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      <3

  • 28 May, 2015 at 2:08 pm
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    What a lovely act and thoughtful way to spend Memorial Day! Your photos are beautiful and heartfelt. Thanks for sharing these!!

  • 28 May, 2015 at 3:57 pm
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    Cookouts and long weekends are great, but this – this is what it’s all about. If you go the weekend without even a silent salute to those who sacrificed for our freedom, you don’t get it. You and your family most definitely get it.

    • 1 June, 2015 at 4:19 pm
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      <3

  • 29 May, 2015 at 6:14 pm
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    Honourable thing to do as a family. I like these shots – very beautiful. 🙂

    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

    • 1 June, 2015 at 4:20 pm
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      Thank you my friend!

  • 31 May, 2015 at 12:09 am
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    Hi Gingi – I thought I had posted a comment here? But perhaps not.
    Thanks for sharing memories of a special day.

    All the best Jan

    • 1 June, 2015 at 4:21 pm
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      <3

  • 1 June, 2015 at 9:22 am
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    I think this is such a beautiful Holiday, how lovely that you celebrate it!
    I love these pictures, you have a really amazing family!
    XO Imke // http://www.pastellics.com

    • 3 June, 2015 at 3:12 pm
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      Thank you! <3

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