Monday, May 25, 2009

Craft:Along May 2009 Project: Memorial Day

My project for May’s Craft:Along hosted by Africankelli and Finnyknits is done. We were challenged to use the Embellished Tank (created by The Farm Chicks) tutorial featured on Craftzine.

I opted for a white polo shirt. Using Memorial Day as my theme, I appliquéd the shirt’s back with a layered star and wore it to the Memorial Day concert last night. One star was cut out of navy/white star-themed fabric. Adding ¼-inch to the size, I cut another star out of a tiny red/white gingham print.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved

The concert is held each year at Tucson’s DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. We go early and find a good place to enjoy a picnic dinner before the actual concert. The Tucson Pops Symphony performance commemorates those men and women who’ve sacrificed their lives for America.

When soldiers enter U.S. military service, they take a very specific oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

In a Memorial Day observance speech entitled “The Soldier’s Oath”, Johnny Q. Gogue III says: “As we see our fellow citizens arrive back from a foreign land, we should not forget those words that each and every soldier spoke upon enlistment. Because when we look upon a returning soldier from conflict, a disabled veteran, or a grave marker – those words should ring in your conscience.”

My simple little star is my way of paying respect to all those who take that oath—past, present, and future. God bless them and their families.


Thimbleanna said...

What a pretty shirt June. And thank you for posting the oath and wonderful reminder. We have much for which to be thankful.

Storybook Woods said...

What a wonderful you celebrate Memorial day xoxoxo Clarice

Julie in WA said...

Hi, I stopped by to enter the SEWN giveaway, but this post touched my heart. Thank you for sharing about the Memorial Day speech. I am encouraged...

Junie Moon said...

Thank you to everyone who left a comment on this post. Your name has been entered into my drawing.