A friend of mine had surgery at the VA hospital in Dallas a couple of weeks ago.  Unfortunately,  something went wrong and he has had to go back a couple of times; I have been the driver so there has been lots of time to kill.  Luckily I had my hand embroidery with me.

Because of the time I have been able to have I finally finished the back area of the tool case.  I think it has come out rather well.

At one point I had to get up and move around.  While I was up, I noticed a display case.  The case held different types of uniforms for the Marines over the 1940’s through to the 1960’s.  I wish I would have taken a photo of it because it was really interesting to see, but what caught my attention was the patch.

It looks to be machine created, but since it was behind glass I was not able to get close.  I am on the fence about it though.  Looking at the photo, you can see it has mostly even stitches, but there are some that look handmade.  Thinking about the handmade aspect, I am finding myself questioning if the number needed would allow it.

One of the things I really like about this patch is not that it was embroidered but the fact someone cared enough about their service time or their loved one’s service time to preserve this bit of uniform art.

I would like to take a moment, because of this subject, and remind everyone Veteran’s Day is Tuesday, November 11.  Please remember those family members, friends and ancestors who took time out of their lives to serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.  These men and women have put themselves in harms way so we civilians don’t have to do so.  This is not a political comment; this is just a reminder to appreciate what those who served have given up so we can move about our daily lives.

My father, Robert Carpenter, served in the Army and Marine Reserves.  I truly believe he is a hero, my hero.  He now turnes bowls and makes all sorts of amazing things.  Thanks, Daddy, for all you’ve done.

photo by Andie Miller Photography

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