Date: May 22, 2020

Memorial Day – A Day to Remember!

By Lora Gates

While there are many great sources on the meaning behind Memorial Day, as well as, the differences between Memorial Day and Veterans Day, we know that it is definitely a day we honor and memorialize those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and the country we call home.

 

Vendor Space showing Americann Flag Decor in Shipshewana Flea Market in Shipshewana Indiana

 

Memorial Day Memories

I remember when I was little, veterans would always hand out a red flower at the entrance to our local grocery store on Veterans Day specifically, and my dad received one (he served in the US Army) and I never had any idea behind its meaning until now, but I have read for the first time this emotional poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.

 

Vendor Space 1054 and 1055 in the Shipshewana Flea Market selling pictured veteran garden statues and conccrete stones

 

Memorial, a day, formerly referred to as Decoration Day, also brings back memories of my family taking the time to also remember other loved ones who have passed (knowing fully well this was NOT the intent for this holiday, but that seems to have been a long time tradition for many in any case).

 

Shipshewana Flea Market vendor space photo of booth located near Gate 5, Space 108 showing stone memorial garden benches for sale

 

I know that one of the ways those memorial sites are decorated include cemetery saddles, flower urns, concrete statues and memorial benches that are plentiful available throughout the Shipshewana Flea Market season from many of our vendors who will be here Tuesdays and Wednesdays through the end of September each year.

 

Flea Market Vendor Space #216-218, showing cemetery saddles and silk flowers for sale in their booth Southwest Enterprises in Shipshewana Indiana

 

Vendors Offering Memorial Day Products

As one of our vendors who has been here for more than 25 years says, “we have customers who have been visiting us from the beginning, and they feel more like family who come to shop over 15 different styles of these decorations.”

 

Vendor Space 1054 and 1055 in the Shipshewana Flea Market selling pictured flower urns and stone statues in Shipshewana Indiana

 

Whether you want silk flowers or garden stones, or even picnic supplies that are another tradition for Memorial Day family activities, Shipshewana Flea Market Vendors have so much knowledge and many unique products to share with you and they love helping their “family, aka customers” honor others. Ask them for their ideas when you visit them and THANK YOU to those veterans both active, retired, and those who have gone on before us!

 

For more information on how to plan your visit download our FREE Flea Market Trip Planner!

 

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