Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Tattered & Frayed - Serving Under the Banner of Freedom (a repost)

(This was first posted last July. I haven't time for any such cards or decorations this year, so I thought I'd share it again, especially since many of my readers won't have seen it.)

A couple of years ago, when my son was still in the Marine Corps, I flew a flag at my house that was kept up during the duration of the time his unit was in Afghanistan. He had not deployed that go round due to an injury, but I was in constant contact with other parents of those who were serving with his battalion.

As Old Glory flew over my house all those months while the men were deployed, it became tattered, faded and worn. Although I know we are not supposed to fly a flag in that condition, it was an especially symbolic and sentimental flag to me and it was my constant reminder to pray for these men each day. I wanted that flag to fly until they returned. Every time I went out my front door or came back in and had to flip the flag back around the pole as it got twisted in the breeze, I would pray for the Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines.

When the fourth of July rolled around, I felt compelled to send out a 4th of July message to my family and close friends, as well as many of the families of the 2/2 Marines with whom I kept in touch. The message was a reminder of the sacrifices made on our behalf by these men, and the freedoms that we as a nation, and as individuals, are blessed with because of their service. 

Each card was a variation of the same thought, using patriotic song verses and strips of the tattered flag that had flown during the deployment. A crystal was placed at the top of the flame on the Statue of Liberty image to symbolize freedom's holy light.

Here's what I said in some form or another on each card. (Please forgive the horrible handwriting. I made 25 or so of these cards, which were time-intensive to create. On some, the note was personalized and even longer, so I really didn't even bother trying too hard on my handwriting.)

I'm still not exactly sure that my disposal of the flag would literally be considered proper or dignified, but all who received it in the spirit in which it was presented to them seemed grateful for and accepting of my method, and appreciative of the significance that accompanied it.

Below are a few variations of the fronts and insides:

I have since made other America themed cards and tags. Below are a few.

The 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines Flag card was probably among my favorite card projects I've done because of the history and significance behind the design. Many of those within the Corps to whom it was sent planned to keep it with their other Marine Corps mementos. It was also among the most time consuming cards I've done. Of course, that does seem to be the way I roll.

More to come about FREEDOM leading up to and on Independence Day.

God Bless America...

I'll be sharing at some of these parties:

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  1. Liz
    You tugged at my heart with this one. I so love these cards. What a beautiful re love of the flag and what it stands for. Beautiful!

  2. This is a beautiful post with such a good tribute to our fabulous country and the freedoms we have because of the brave and strong men and women that serve out country!


  3. Such a thoughtful use of a flag with true meaning. I often use tattered flags as symbols of their glory and do not think they are being demeaned in any way. Both my husband and I were very moved by this tribute.

  4. I think that is an extremely GREAT way to use the old flag. Awesome cards with such meaning in each one.

  5. Perfect post, what else can I say. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. What a beautiful heart felt post! Love the cards!!

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  7. What an awesome tribute to our great country, and to those who serve so selflessly! May God Bless us all!

  8. The cards are so nice and thoughtful Liz, just like their creator.

  9. Liz, what a special flag and what a special woman and Mom you are to make these wonderful cards. They are works of art from the heart. Happy 4th!

  10. Oh Liz....I love this! Thanks so much for reposting so your new readers could read it. I can't think of a more honorable way to dispose of the flag you proudly flew over your house for those marines. What an amazing tribute...:) Have a safe and blessed 4th my friend!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

  11. you are so creative. What a wonderful, meaningful cards

  12. How thoughtful of you to take the time to make all of those wonderful cards. What a great idea! You are just full of them!

  13. What a gorgeous post. Perfect and to the heart of the holiday.
    Happy 4th of July! Thanks for sharing with us.

  14. Absolutely beautiful Liz - I can't think of a better way to use your flag then by showing gratitude for those who fight for and defend it.................

  15. Each handcrafted piece is a treasure to be received. Touching and heartfelt reminders of the price paid for those stars and stripes. And even more the God our forefathers believed in and upon Whom this country was founded.
    Thanks Liz! A blessed Fourth to you!

  16. I'm so glad you reposted this. I am sure that anyone who received one of your beautiful cards treasures it.

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  17. What a wonderful thing for you to do. I missed this post last year, so I'm glad you shared it again. I'm sure these personal notes were an inspiration to everyone who received them. Thank your son for his service!!

  18. Love this! What a great (and meaningful) idea!

  19. Liz, it may not be proper, but I feel it is a cherished keepsake. I'm sure it touched the hearts of each one of them. Love all of the statements you included! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. I love this idea. I am not sure if that was the proper or appropriate way to rid yourself of the flag but I imagine that the recipients were more grateful to receive a piece of home that it shouldn’t matter. This was a wonderful project thank you for sharing the pictures with us.

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