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Welcome to the Memorial Day Edition of the ! Today, Cherokee Memorial Park in Lodi presemted the Fifty-Second Annual Avenue of Flags, a beautiful display of American flags that Lodians eagerly anticipate.

Each large flag displayed represents a veteran of the United States Armed Forces who has been laid to rest there and, in most instances, is the actual flag which was draped over the veteran’s casket and presented to his or her family. In addition, a small flag is placed on the grave of each and every veteran who has been laid to rest at Cherokee.

When I was growing up in Lodi, visiting Cherokee to see the flags on display was a family tradition. My father loved to see how the number of flags flown each year increased and, although he rarely spoke of his military service, was visibly moved each year when he surveyed the rows of flags along the streets dividing the various sections of the memorial park.

So there was no discussion needed after his death on January 18, 1992. My mother was eager to honor his wish that the flag which covered his casket and was presented to her during his funeral, at which he was accorded full military honors for his service as a member of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, be donated and displayed each year. Since my parents are now both interred at Cherokee Memorial Park, I continue the tradition of surveying the pageant of flags each Memorial Day and proudly locating my father’s flag, which is made possible by the program that the cemetery prints and distributes as you enter the grounds. I estimated approximately 1,000 flags flying in honor of individual veterans today.

Included in the display is a field of small flags, each of which represents a soldier who gave his or her life in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Family Cooking & Recipes

vegeculinary presents Cooking Tofu for Vegetarian Stir Fry Recipe posted at Vegetarian Culinary, a “tasty recipe for good meal!”

Talia presents Homemade Baby Food posted at Back to Basics.

Tristan presents High Protein Breakfasts posted at Body And Fitness Blog, explaining why high protein breakfasts are good for your whole family.

Rani presents Beer Bread posted at Christ’s Bridge.

Family Crafts & Activities

Kate Edson presents The best gifts in life are free posted at An exercise in frugality.

Education

Dan presents Things that Make your Kids Smarter . . . and Things that Don’t posted at My Dad Blog, discussing “an intriguing, inexpensive method to boosts kids’ test scores, along with an expensive remedy that doesn’t produce the results you might expect.”

Amy Smith presents Kids Love Learning: Starting a Nature Journal posted at Kids Love Learning.

Family Finance

Jim Wang presents How Secured Credit Cards Work posted at Bargaineering.

Jim DeSantis presents Self-Control and Saving Money posted at On Line Tribune.  A lack of self-control with regard to money is a common pitfall.  Jim offers three tips to help you spend and save wisely.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Discover More Card Offers $50 Cash Back Bonus posted at The Digerati Life

The field of small flags representing those who made the ultiamte sacrifice in Iraq or Afghanistan is flanked by large flags, each of which honors a veteran whose final resting place is situated in the memorial park.

The Smarter Wallet presents Trading The Market: What Market Trends Are Stock Traders Riding On Recently? posted at The Smarter Wallet, about teaching your children how to invest in stocks.

David presents Fidelity Rewards American Express Cards posted at Credit Card Offers IQ.  The card pays 2% cash back on all purchases, with rewards deposited into a linked IRA, 529 or brokerage account.  

Laura presents How to Plan a Wedding Without Breaking Your Budget posted at fivecentnickel.com.

Michal presents Gift Ideas for Any Graduate posted at Energy Saving Gadgets, detailing “green gifts are easy on the environment, and will represent a special gift for the hard work and dedication that made graduation a reality.”

Family Health and Wellness

Elizabeth presents Healthy Diet: Only Part of the Equation posted at healthy diet. A healthy diet is only “one-half of a healthy lifestyle.”  The other half is appropriate and effective exercise.

Aparna presents Beat the heat this summer with these therapeutic drinks posted at Beauty and Personality Grooming.

Organic Baby Wearhouse presents Baby Clothes – Why Organic Is Better For Your Baby posted at Organic Baby Wearhouse. Are there actual health benefits to be gained from organic baby clothes?  According to the author, the answer is “yes.”

Jack Schmidt presents Health Insurance Can Improve Your Love Life posted at SectorMatic Money Journal

Family Humor

Howling Mad Jay presents Greetings from Diaper Town posted at The World’s Greatest Blog.

Family Pets

Jake presents Understanding the Pack Mentality of Dogs posted at Dog Training Pet.

Family Relationships & Self-Improvement

J. Cullen presents So Much More Than A Hoop posted at Life’s dewlaps.

GP presents Are you a Social Animal? « Manely Montana posted at Manely Montana, setting forth “the 10 commandments on being a social animal”

Edwin Lukins  presents The Most Important Career posted at The Prosper Magazine, a look at “work life balance.”

Mike May presents Easter Memories posted at UpbeatBrain.com.  “Memories of my grandma and chocolate bunnies give me a smile every Easter,” Mike writes.

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3 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    great post, there are a lot of great links there, i love the one about making the homemade baby food, i can’t wait to try it, it could save me so much money.

  2. Anonymous

    Well all the flags are well placed and also, the links of every thing related to the Family life is added here, that is the best carnival ever…

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