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 Happy Memorial Day weekend!

As a little girl, I remember getting excited for the long weekend with no school on Monday.

As I grew older I looked forward to the day off of work.

When I married Richard, it was usually his birthday weekend.

He turns 48 on May 30th this year.

I admit it, I got caught in all of the fun, decorations, and food.

It wasn’t until I got older that I began to honor the men and women this holiday represents.

Memorial Day Ideas by redheadcandecorate.com

While planning my post for this week, I wanted to pay tribute in some way.

I didn’t just want it to be about a cute table.

I wanted it to mean more.

Memorial Day Tribute Table

Memorial Day Table-Scape Ideas

 The names you see on my “Memorial Day Tribute Table” are the names of men and women

who lost their lives while serving the United States of America.

I asked my Facebook followers if they could share the names of their loved ones

that they will be honoring, and remembering this weekend.

The names came pouring in.

Some of which are names of people who were prisoners of war, or killed in battle.

Memorial Day Table Names

 

While putting this tablescape together, I wrote down each name on the paper table runner with a Sharpie.

After a few names, I texted my hubby and explained how emotional it had become.

The table hasn’t been touched since I did the photo shoot.

We are waiting until Monday.

That’s when we will sit down and share our meal while celebrating the lives of these brave people who lost theirs.

Our children will read these names and know how valuable our freedom is.

We will honor each and every name.

Memorial Day Center Piece

 

 

Memorial Day Place Setting

 

Memorial Day Celebration Ideas

Thank you to all of you that shared your loved one with us.

I wanted to make sure you saw your special person’s name,

so I took a close up of both sides for you.

Some names are duplicates.

Trubute Names

Memorial Day Tribute Names

If you would like to make your own “Memorial Day Tribute Table” here’s how:

  • Tape down a paper runner (mine is drawing paper from our girls).  Wrapping paper would work if you turn it over.  Then write your names with a Sharpie.  Don’t worry if it’s not neat.  If you only have a few names, make them larger, and/or repeat them.  You could also use crayons and have the kids draw patriotic drawings.
  • The centerpiece is made from an “Uncle Sam Top Hat”.  You can find those here: Uncle Sam Top Hat.  Just flip it over and fill it with fresh or fake flowers.  If they are fresh, just use a bowl full of water to place them in.
  • The striped ribbon is from Michael’s
  • The star stickers I found on line.
  • I used paper plates and the napkins are paper towels (who knew, right?)
  • The cutlery is from the dollar store.
  • You could also add old photos to the table for everyone to share over their meal.

 

Memorial Day Tribute Table

Here you’ll see the table with out the names:

Memorial Day Celebration!

 You may notice my “American Flag Log” lit up in the back ground.

You can find that here: “American Flag Log

Memorial Day Table Ideas

~Happy Memorial Day~

You may also enjoy the American flag I designed using my antique crib found here:

Crib Turned American Flag”

American Flag

 

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23 Responses

  1. Melanie H says:

    I’m very touched by this project. I can see how it would be emotional. I got emotional reading it. Thank you!

  2. How special, Julie! It’s almost like you’re sitting down to dinner with each and every one of these precious heroes! I just love this!

    • Julie says:

      Oh my goodness…you are right. I became really emotional when I was writing their names. I keep walking by the table and have no idea how I will be able to mess it up!

  3. Vanessa says:

    Julie this is soooooo amazing!! I absolutely love every single detail and the whole concept of a tribute to those who’ve sacrificed for our freedoms is just fantastic. Well done girl!

  4. Thanks for having my daddy and my brother’s name on your table – and thanks for honoring ALL veterans this Memorial Day! Hugs! <3

  5. Gee says:

    Thanks you Julie. I opened the post and the first name I saw was our Chuck. My husband dearly departed grandfather, whose flag we proudly display. I will share with my family. LUV the table and the flag 🙂
    BIG Hugs, Gee

  6. Julie this is so beautiful. While I may have missed the post for names, I see the name Joe. My Husband’s great Uncle Joe gave his life while serving in Okinawa in WW2. I will be sharing that post again Monday. What a beautiful thing to do. Pinning, of course, so others can share this amazing tribute! xo

  7. Gina says:

    What a very special way to honor so many. With many of my family members currently serving overseas, this is so touching. Thank you.

  8. Pat says:

    I love this!! Would you mind if I shared it with Soldier’s Angels? I’ve volunteered with them since ’03 when I retired. Honoring those who gave all is such a tribute ~ thank you!

    xo
    Pat

  9. I think this has been the best table setting I’ve seen all year! It is beautiful. There are many that we are holding dear this weekend. Thanks for supporting America and our soldiers (fallen and alive).

  10. Thanks so much for honoring my dad, Julie. He was only seventeen when he served in the Pacific fleet, and it was so traumatic that he never really left upstate NY again afterward. I miss him every day.
    ~Kirby

  11. Beautiful idea. May God bless you and all the men and women who have and continue to fight for our freedom.

  12. Meegan says:

    Absolutely perfect in every way. What a wonderful way to understand the impact of Memorial Day, and those that served our country. It’s gives me the chills to read the names.
    Thanks for sharing, Julie.
    Happy Memorial Day.

  13. It turned out beautifully Julie! What a lovely tribute!

  14. Such a beautiful and thoughtful gesture!

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