Monday, May 25

Happy Memorial Day

I will be thinking of everyone in the States today as you attend parades, picnics and memorial services to remember and honor our military men and women who have died in battle.

Last year I posted this wonderful photo of Slim Aarons and his daughter Mary. Much to my delight, Mary emailed me to share more information about this photo and her iconic father.

“Your timing of this photo is quite fitting. My dad died the day after Memorial Day. Oh how he loved his window boxes. Each week he would spend hours planting geraniums and vinca.”

In addition to his celebrated status as a society photographer, Aarons enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 18, working as a photographer at West Point. He later served as a combat photographer in World War II earning a Purple Heart.

Photo by Lorita "Rita" Dewart Aarons (1968 or 1969).


Debra said...

What a heartfelt memorial. Sweet picture of father and daughter. We have much to be grateful for on this Memorial Day.

pve design said...

I loved when you posted this last year. The story makes it very special on this Memorial Day.

Renee Finberg said...

i love this shot.

i can't help but smile when looking at it.

(i miss my dad too)

thank you

GloucesterMary said...

Hi Ronda...just a moment ago Robert and I were sitting in the sun with our morning coffee talking about my Dad and how Memorial Day will always be our day to honor him. He would love the fact that you are doing the same! He loved Memorial Day parades, marching bands, hanging his flag outside the front door and planting his red, white and blue window boxes.
All best to All the Best!
Mary Aarons

ALL THE BEST said...

Thank you Mary. My thoughts are with you and all who celebrate this day!

Karena said...

Lovely, lovely story Ronda. Wishing you a peaceful day.

Pigtown-Design said...

Happy Bank Holiday to you! Hope you're all doing something fun today.

Renae said...

Such a lovely post and tribute.
Blessings to you...

Love Where You Live said...

I salute all our service men and women as well. Nice post. Thank you, -susan