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Memorial Day 2017


Memorial Day 2017 with my family was really wonderful.


Part One:


While driving north to begin our adventures, we talked about the origins of Memorial Day, our cousin James Boles and his life and sacrifice, and where we were headed.

Part Two:


A picnic lunch with my 4th great grandmother, Maria Amanda Dolby Skeen at Lehi Pioneer Cemetery.  This sweet little cemetery is just a grassy park surrounded by trees and a flowing irrigation ditch.  There is only one marker sharing the history of the cemetery.  We know that Maria is buried there.  She was the mother of 9 children, 4 who pre-deceased her.  She died in 1854 at the age of 36, leaving her husband with 5 young children.  Maria and her family were Mormon Pioneers who experienced extreme persecution and were driven from one place to the next, finally traveling with the saints to what is now known as Utah.  A few short years after their arrival, Maria passed away.



Part Three:


A few hours in the American Fork Cemetery.  We had a list of ten of my husband’s ancestors to look for, and 16 little star shaped flags to post on any veteran’s graves that had no decorations.  This year I couldn’t find actual flags so I had to make do with my Dollar Store find.


This little darlin’ was so fascinated by everything about the cemetery.  He wanted to know all about every headstone he came upon.  He was searching for “soldier headstones” and “B-E-C-K”.


He was so happy when he found his first “B-E-C-K” headstone.  Of course I missed his huge smile and caught his explanation instead.  😉


Jacob S and Elizabeth H Beck, my husband’s 2nd great grandparents


With my camera in hand, I obviously had to photograph any headstone that caught my eye.  I have a bundle to add to findagrave.


It was a lovely cemetery visit, to a beautiful cemetery, in a fantastic setting, on a perfect day.

Part Four:


We made some new family memories exploring the beautiful Cascade Springs.














Even the drive home was picturesque.  The summit took us to an elevation of 8060!

It was a Memorial Day to remember.


Happy Wednesday!  I hope you preserve a special memory today.



ps – Why do 15/almost 16 year olds insist on being ridiculous in photos?  Sigh.  My 19 year old recently told me I need to lecture his teenage brother and tell him to just smile for photos.  Haha, he was the scowler/face maker not so long ago.  A normal phase I suppose…


12 thoughts on “Memorial Day 2017”

  1. God bless & thank you for your work at FindAGrave and for remembering not only your family, but leaving a token of remembrance at the grave sites of soldiers.

  2. A wonderful day to be sure. Also it is very nice to honor our soldiers by placing a flag at their graves. However the one thing that caught my eye was the blue sky and sun. Would you be so kind as to send some my way. We have had record breaking rain in April and May and the report just called for 5 to 7 more days of rain. April was the 8th highest month for rain ever. I hate to see how much rain those other months had. Great post and very nice pictures.

  3. Amberly, I love all the photos especially of your kids being kids! Thank you for teaching them about what makes this holiday special, going back to Decoration Day.

  4. Such a gorgeous family and gorgeous photos. And what a lovely and thoughtful way to spend Memorial Day.

  5. The cascade photos are amazing. I love your little cutie searching for B-E-C-K. Thanks for sharing this wonderful day. (BTW, I think your 19-year-old is becoming an adult)

    1. Thank you Cathy. I think you are correct, that boy of mine is growing up on me. But not too fast. He sent a picture today of himself sliding down an inflatable water slide in his shirt a tie at a 9 year old’s birthday party. Haha!

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