The Jets are flying overhead, the parades on Main Street, the pledges of allegiance. It's Memorial Day, time to remember the sacrifices our military has made for us past and present. For me, it's time to remember my grandfather, who served in the South Pacific in World War II. It's time to remember the Fogerty family who in my hometown lost their husband in son in Afghanistan a few weeks ago. It's time to honor those sacrifices, of human life and compaionship that people and their families make to fight for our country. It has me thinking how the knitting world acknowledges these folks and how we can use knitting to help our military and promote world peace.
- Go on Ravelry and see just how many knitters and crocheters are connected to the military. There are over 70 groups on Ravelry that match the military keyword here and abroad. Go there and see how you can help someone whether it's simple knitting pattern help, saying thank you for their service or knitting something for a soldier overseas.
- Check out Afghans for Afghans a non-profit organization that brings handknits to Afghanistan, especially to school children. Click here to see what their latest need is.
- Lion Brand has stories about knitting for soldiers...
- The Knit Addiction has some information about a contributor to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that sends care packages to our military in action.
Who are you remembering this Memorial Day? Please share your story in the comments.