Monday, May 28, 2007

Traditional Memorial Day


This grave headstone marks my husband's family plot in Calgary Cemetery in St.Paul. To observe Memorial Day I took photos of the markers to honor my children's ancestors who are there: Great Grandparents Anna and Frederick, Grandparents Cecelia and Frederick, Great Aunt Frances and Great Uncle Art. To see the small stones implanted in the grass, visit my ExtraExtra Photo blog by checking here.

11 comments:

  1. a wonderful way to honor your family.

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  2. hi Kate!!! A lovely tribute and wonderful photo to remember and recognize those that have passed away - I want to wish you and your family, past and present, a wonderful day of remembrance and celebration of everything they represent.

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  3. Hello Kate,

    I never know what to say when I see a gravestone. I know what I think when I see those of my family. And I have mixed emotions about my nephew's grave (he was killed in the Vietnam war), but I think it might have something to do with my discovery that I am not immortal and my stone will mark a spot for me in the not too distant future. The calendar of life runs out for everyone and these memorial days are not really as welcomed, by me, as they once were.

    The good news:

    The three baby robins are on their way to "Meet the World." I miss them already. It was quite an emotional experience for me.

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  4. I took photos of gravesites too for my family history a few years ago. I want to put a family book together. Haven't done it yet though.

    Today I give you a Memorial Day tribute.

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  5. Before her death my grandmother asked my mother for one thing only - that she not be forgotten. My mother, of course, could never forget her mother. Each year she drives long distances to place flowers on my grandmother's grave (and on the graves of other relatives and friends buried in that town). But she remember her mother every single day.

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  6. A wonderful tribute to your family...may their soul rest in peace.

    As far as some of queries on my site, I have answered them earlier and still once again, I do write poems & sometimes by seeing the photos only, a poem comes to mind & as far as the film Namesake is concerned, I haven't managed to catch it yet, which has become quite popular in my city also and will try to view it soon. The book is also a lovely one.

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  7. A beautiful way to homage your family.

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  8. American graveyards seem very peaceful to me with their lawns and their trees. French graveyards are too mineral in my opinion. To read names and first names of members of your family is touching.

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  9. Very nice tribute Kate.

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  10. It's good to pay tribute to our family who've passed on. I don't think I've ever seen this surname before.

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  11. So nice and sober. It's surprising how graveyards can look different from one country to another. I really like this "version".

    Nowadays, families are spread all over the world. The traditional family grave in your native village is hardly possible anymore.

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