Friday, July 4, 2014

You Are Not Forgotten

Many years ago I lived next to an air base during the Vietnam war.  After I was out of school, I worked there as a civilian employee nearly a year, first for the Air Force, then for the Army Air Defense Command. Many of my friends and I married airmen. Some of the military families came to our church. We became close friends then suddenly they were transferred and we never saw them again. A few wrote or called, but military life wasn't conducive to long, lasting relationships in one place. One thing that never changed was the fact that after more than forty years, I still remember and cherish the times we had together. God will bring them to my mind and I'll pray for them. When I was in Washington, D.C., I checked the Vietnam wall for their names and was relieved not to find them.

This is one of five cards I made in remembrance of the military personnel who have crossed my path. Its message is also for the many that I've never met. Each of them has made a contribution to the freedom that I enjoy in our country. Too many have made a sacrifice of their lives or health while serving our country. So have their families.

No matter what country you call home, may we all send out the message with prayers, "You are NOT forgotten." May God bless and protect our service men and women. May He lead them to make righteous decisions and give them courage to do His will. May our countries show them how proud we are of them and the sacrifices they've made.

The image and sentiment I used was from Our Daily Bread Designs.

I'm sharing this card with the following challenges:
A Creative Romance  - Colors of your nation's flag
Bloggers Challenge - red, white, and blue
Crafter's Cafe #70 - red, white, and blue
Crafty Catz #238 - stars and stripes or both
Inky Impressions #166 - patriotic or red, white, and blue
Jellypark Friends Friday Challenge - Red, White, and Blue
Polkadoodles Wk.#26-27 - Red, white, and blue
Quick Quotes #41 - use stars
The Stamping Boutique #24 - stars and stripes
Word Art Wednesday #139 - anything goes with uplifting sentiment


Lisa Somerville said...

Fabulous patriotic card using the ODBD Not Forgotten stamp set! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

Marsha said...

This is beautiful, Vicky. I have this set and always looking for cards to CASE when it is used.

Jac said...

Beautiful card which conveys your message beautifully, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

shampylou30 said...

Beautiful card thanks for joining us at polkadoodles challenge xxxxx

Eve's Card Designs said...

Very touching sentiment and your card compliments it beautifully. Thanks for sharing with us on the 'Red White & Blue' Polkadoodles Challege. Yvonne (DT)

Polkadoodles Challenge

Helene Siermans said...

This is beautiful. Love the vintage feel perfect with the theme!

Thank you for playing along with us at Crafty Catz this week. Good luck!

Susie Bentz said...

Poignant and beautiful card. Military life is hard for so many reasons. The family having to move every few years and the friendships that are lost as a result is one of the costs. Bless you for keeping them in your heart and your prayers.Thanks for playing along with us over at Quick Quotes this month!

Dana Tatar {datatar} said...

Fantastic card! Thanks for joining the Quick Quotes Challenge! :)