I've been away all weekend at Children's Choir Camp with 80 young people and among the wonderful things we did (singing ranked very high on the list), we made a wreath to lay at the National Military Cemetery today for Remembrance Day.
If you remember, last year at this time we also made a wreath and one of the choir members lay it during the ceremony while the rest of the Children's Choir sang. Today will mark the second time we have been asked to lay a wreath on behalf of the Children of Canada, and we will be both honoured and humbled to do so.
Making the wreath at Choir Camp was tons of fun. We cut Real Red cardstock using the Big Shot and Fun Flowers BigZ dies, then spritzed the resulting flower shapes with water and scrunched them to give the petals a realistic ruffling. We then un-scrunched them and placed a Basic Black Boho Blossom punched piece onto the centre and pierced through all of the layers. Simple florists' wire was threaded through the pierced holes and this wire was used to hold the resulting poppies onto a grapevine wreath. Letters were cut from Whisper White cardstock using the Typeset Alphabet Bigz die, and these were attached to a purple sash that was tied across the wreath.
Isn't the resulting wreath gorgeous? Simply and beautifully gorgeous? It has been a privilege to be invited to sing year after year at the National Military Cemetery to honour our fallen soldiers. And it has been our pleasure (literally!) these last 2 years to make and lay a wreath of our own during the poignant ceremony.
And it is totally cool that every child's poppy looked different and individualistic...just as each child is! The cumulative effect on the wreath of each of these individual blooms is quite stunning, just as the cumulative effect of each of our choristers' individual voices is.
I am blessed to be a part of this choir organization. I am blessed to live in this wonderful country. I am blessed with freedoms that were hard-won by many fallen countrymen.
In short - I am blessed.
I hope you are feeling equally blessed both this day and all the rest.
Lest We Forget...... ~Cynthia <><