Monday, May 27, 2013

Military Service

What was your family's attitude towards military service?

Today is Memorial Day.  In our town there is a big celebration for Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday of May.  The decorations of red, white and blue are kept up until Memorial Day.  Many people in our town have served in the military and many others have worked at the Ammunition Depot close to our town.  Honoring those who serve our country is a big deal in our town.  We have had young men die while serving in the military and also loose their limbs or be severely injured while serving.   Some families have a proud tradition of serving in the military.  Others are totally opposed to anything to do with war.  What were your family's attitude about military service?  Did anyone in your family serve in the military?  Did that service make the family more patriotic or less patriotic?  Did someone die while serving in the military?  Did a friend of the family die while serving in the military?

I have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War, who were involved in the Bear Flag Revolt in California, and who served in the Mormon Battalion.  My dad received a draft notice during World War II, but during his physical his arm became paralyzed.  He was rejected for service.  Fortunately the paralysis was only temporary though I'm not sure how long it lasted.  My dad lost his best friend in World War II.  My father-in-law fought in World War II and received a Purple Heart.  He didn't want to talk about what happened during the war.  Military service does affect a family.  Record how it has affected your family in your story.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

What is your favorite flower?

May is a month filled with beautiful flowers.  What flowers do you remember from your life?  Were there flowers growing around your home when you were young?  Do you have flowers growing in your yard now?  What kinds of flowers do you grow?  Why do you grow those flowers?  Do you like cut flowers?  If someone gives you flowers, what kind of flowers do you like to receive?  Were there any special times when someone gave you flowers?  

When I was young I remember gladiolas growing wild along the fence.  One year we planted an area in front of our house with all kinds of flowers.  Sunflowers grew wild along the edges of fields, along the road and along ditch banks.  The flower I thought was beautiful was the sego lilly.  The sego lily is the state flower in Utah because it provided food for the early settlers in Utah.  One year there were sego lilies growing on our farm.  That is when I decided the sego lily was my favorite flower.

Flowers cheer us up.  They make us feel better.  Giving flowers to someone can say, "I appreciate you" or "I love you."  Record your experiences with flowers in your life story and add more color to your story.

Cut Out Sunflowers Dry Erase Whiteboards
Cut Out Sunflowers Dry Erase Whiteboards by storykeeper
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