by Cindy Lindgren
Memorial Day is more than a three day holiday from work filled with grilling, camping and picnics. It's meant as a time to honor those who served our country, particularly in military service. Does your family take time to find meaning in the holiday?
HandmadeMN member, Mike, from Big Lake, Minnesota told me the story behind this keychain button available in his shop, Button's Away. Mike's Dad, Vern, served in the Army in the mid 1960's at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He then spent a year and a half in Dachau, Germany. Although it happened before Mike was born, it instilled in him a respect for the military. He and his family support the troops and empathize how hard it must be for families who have a member deployed or who have lost a loved one.
Mike and his wife Meredith wanted to instill the true meaning of Memorial Day in their children, which included a visit to a military cemetery. After they got home, their eight year old daughter, Maya, asked if she could design a flag button. So the button keychain came about by a young girl who was touched by the symbolic freedom the flag offers.
Buttons Away have a selection of military buttons available. Please check out these and the other selections here. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Thank you, again, to Mike for sharing the story behind the flag drawing by his daughter, Maya. Thank you to those who serve our country. We honor your service.