by Janet Blue on May 28, 2018


As today is Memorial Day in the U.S., our Spark is not the usual inspirational quote. It celebrates America and the courage of those who have served in our armed forces and given their lives for our country.


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I selected a previously posted photo of Lily Olivia overlain by our American flag to represent this quote.

The author, Paul Tsongas, was an American politician. From 1975 to 1985, he represented Massachusetts in both houses of the United States Congress. He won seven states as a candidate in the 1992 Democratic presidential primaries, losing the nomination to Bill Clinton. Tsongas died in 1997, at age 55, of complications from pneumonia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

To all of those who have lost friends and loved ones serving in the military, I send condolences and prayers. As you celebrate the holiday with the traditional picnics and bar-b-ques, take a moment to remember and thank all our veterans and those currently serving in the military. Though Memorial Day is meant to remember those who died in combat, all those who have served and are serving have earned our thanks and respect.

Though our host, Annie (McGuffy’s Reader), of the Sparks Blog Hop is taking a much deserved break from blogging and our Sparks post is not part of a hop, I continue to ascribe to Annie’s vision when starting the Sparks hop: “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!”

I will continue to post a Spark on Mondays unless some other subject should take precedent.

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Anne Marie Robinson May 31, 2018 at 12:09 am

This was a great post and I did not realize Paul Tsongas passed away so young either. Times have changed so much. There was a time we had patriotic people in service to our country . Memorial Day has always been a weekend of reflection for me. We were raised from a young age to understand the true meaning of the day. We spent the morning decorating grave at the local cemetery and many of our relatives served. Thanks for this share and your photo is perfect fittign as well. Thank you


The Swiss Cats May 29, 2018 at 4:15 pm

We hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day ! Purrs


Ellen Pilch May 28, 2018 at 7:46 pm

Wonderful photo and spark. I didn’t realize Paul Tsongas died so young. I guess in 1997 I was still in my 20s so he seemed old, not so much anymore. XO
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The Island Cats May 28, 2018 at 6:30 pm

We hope you all are enjoying this Memorial Day.
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Eastside Cats May 28, 2018 at 4:25 pm

Land of the Free
Home of the Brave
We honor those who’ve fallen for our freedom, today and every day.


Dalton/Angel-MrJackFreckles/Pipo & Angel-Minko May 28, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Somehow I think there is not nearly enough emphasis placed on the real meaning of this solemn day. And those who say Happy M.D. really don’t have a clue…

But yes we do need to remember those who gave so much and more to keep us all free.
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The Florida Furkids May 28, 2018 at 2:34 pm

Purrfect Sparks post for Memorial Day.

The Florida Furkids with tons of smoochies and love to Mau from Allie
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Comedy Plus May 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

What a lovely post. Spot on for today.

I linked you to Awww Mondays.

I love those flags. God Bless America.

Have a blessed Memorial Day. Scritches to all the kitties. ♥
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Brian Frum May 28, 2018 at 9:41 am

We remember our heroes each and every day.
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Teddy May 28, 2018 at 4:58 am

A beautiful quote and spark for Memorial Day. It’s a day of remembering and honoring and we will definitely be doing that here at my house. We hope the Kitties Blue family has a wonderful day full of memories and love – today and EVERY day.

Hugs, Teddy and Mom
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