We have, at 24 Blocks, readers from around the world. It’s something that brings a rich perspective to our appreciation of quilting. Today, in the United States, we have Memorial Day. It’s the day set aside as a Federal holiday for remembering the women and men who have died while in service of the country’s armed forces. The commemoration traces its roots back to right after the Civil War as a way of honoring both Union and Confederate soldiers who died in that terrible conflict. It was originally known as Decoration Day, a time when families visited the graves of those who had died and decorated them with flags or flowers. Many families, especially in rural areas, used the day as a time of reunion, of going perhaps to a family cemetery to take care of it together with mowing and weeding and placing flowers. Afterwards there might be a “dinner on the ground”, sometimes with speeches and singing.
Today we’d like to do two differing types of Features in commemoration of the day. The first will be the traditional red-white-and-blue quilts, the patriotic ones, the Quilts of Valor. Later today, we’d like to feature some quilts from historic or vintage patterns, those that might have comforted soldiers before or after a war.
Memorial Day really is a hard day. It’s not a celebration of Independence like the 4th. It’s a commemoration of sacrifice and that is, really at the root of everything, the heart of the remembrance. It’s about the over 1,322,000 American service members from the Revolution to today who have died in conflict for from disease during it.
Our thanks go to Alena, Karieon, Chris and everyone else who has shared photos of their quilts with us all.