Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Pay

This is Second Lieutenant Phil Dana




In 1944, on his 17th mission over Germany, the B-24 bomber he was piloting was shot down. After losing two engines and then fuel, the plane crash landed in England.  Phil's last act was to shut down electrical operations, thus preventing the bomber from explosion, and saving the lives of four of his comrades. 

Phil himself did not survive.  He was 26. 

These,



are Phil's great-great nieces and nephews, in 2012, in Northern Virginia.

They are too young to appreiate the impact of Phil's sacrifice, or the sacrifices of so many like him, but they do understand that he's our hero, and that it's our duty to honor him.

Today, honoring him meant flagging down cars in the blistering heat, and selling lemonade to benefit Wounded Warriors Project.


We really did witness the best of America today, seeing so many people stop to speak with our kids, contribute way more than the cost of a chocolate chip cookie, and wish one another a happy Memorial Day.  

When the last cupcake was gone, and the ice (not to mention the kids) had melted in the heat, we totaled the donations.

Thanks to the efforts of our dear friends the Smoots, and the big hearts and open wallets of neighbors, friends and complete strangers, the kids raised






(drumroll please....)




(..............)




$579.75



(!)


every penny of which will benefit injured service men and women.


Grateful today to be a mother, a great niece, and an American.

27 comments:

Jenae said...

You made me tear up. I love this.

jj

Jeannie said...

Ditto Jenae. You and your kids are inspiring, Katie. Thanks for sharing your goodwill. Love you all.

Jane said...

Amazing! I am so proud :)

Susan said...

WOW! What a great way to spend Memorial Day! Your children will always remember it's true meaning.

Alison said...

this is awesome... you rock!!!

Breakaway blogger said...

so incredibly sweet! As a momma to 2 soldiers and mom-in-law to another, thank you for what you did today and an even bigger thank you for what you taught your children. It's a lesson of gratitude they will not soon forget.

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Dawn said...

That's amazing Katie! And to think, we just dug a 5' deep hole to replace our sprinkler valve. Your day was much more appropriate for Memorial Day!

Katie and Jeff said...

I spent my memorial day doing laundry and chores! What an amazing act of service and a sweet lesson for your children! Love it Katie!

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Allison Hansen said...

WONDERFUL!

Flem said...

Oh Katie!! These children of yours are so beautiful and the Americana clothing just ices the cake. No wonder people were so generous, and what a great lesson to your kids about memorial day.

Carol said...

Katie,
That brought a tear to my eye. Thanks for representing the family in such a great way. Your kids will always be patriotic with this kind of example.

Jenny B said...

Katie! I'm all teary-eyed. What an awesome idea! I love this.

Michelle Obama said...

Dear Katie,

SHAME ON YOU! Having a lemonade stand without a permit!! AND, selling baked goods that will only contribute to the growing obesity problem in America! What were you thinking?

It would have been far more appropriate to spend the day like the Obamas. We ate turnip greens from our garden while doing calisthenics and then we honed our dancing skills for our next appearances on ELLEN and JIMMY FALLON. It is only when I do these things that I feel proud to be an American.

Your first lady,
Michelle

Uncle Reed said...

I love the fact that I am related to you, Katie & Jack and your sweet kids. Especially when you do something like this. Amazing!

Lorie said...

You are such a great mom!!! What a wonderful way to spend Memorial day!!!

Amy said...

Katie this is so neat! Thank you for sharing this. What a great project! Love you

Mary Karlee Mullen said...

This was so great to read! I'd like to think that maybe our lemonade stand could have inspired yours. I hope your beautiful example inspires a hundred more kids pedaling sticky lemonade and goodies to benefit others. And by the way, you guys totally rocked it! $600 bucks? We need to talk marketing strategy -- I need your input. :)

Lisa said...

I can't tell...which country do your kids pledge their allegiance to? Their dress was a bit ambiguous.

As always, you and your kids are amazing. All I did was laundry yesterday. To my credit, if I lived anywhere near you I would have purchased at least 4 treats for my own personal consumption...er, patriotic contribution.

Estella said...

Amazing and inspiring, Katie! What a wonderful way to celebrate Memorial Day, and what a treasured memory for your kids! Love the pics!

Anonymous said...

This is incredible..I love you guy's! Assisting kids to meaningfully SUPPORT a cause is so powerful. Having taught elem. school for a while now, it always amazes me how passionately motivated kids are when it comes to giving and working for something worthwhile.
Randy F.

Mike said...

What a great learning experience for the kids, on so many levels.

I applaud you and Jack for taking time out of your busy schedules for such meaningful activities.

Julianne said...

So glad you documented this so well! Way to go... Your family is THE BEST.

Cathy Leavitt said...

Katie, you are an amazing mom to teach your children while they are young the real meaning of Memorial Day--how to truly be patriotic and remember those that have paid so dearly.

Jay said...

Katie! This was such a cool entry! I showed it to Mary and the boys. We cleaned off Grandma and Grandpa Dora and Joe's gravestone at the Mesa Cemetery with the kids on Memorial Day. Hope all is well with you and your family.

Grandma Judy said...

Katie, This is such a beautiful tribute to our veterans. What a wonderful lesson you have taught your children. I remember the day that Grandpa Joe walked into the room where I was, with tears streaming down his face. I had never seen my father cry before, and it made me so sad. I also was with all the Danas as they met to share memories of Uncle Phil. Many tears were shed that day. I am so proud to have an uncle who was so brave, and who served our country. Thank you for this post. I love you, Aunt Judy

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