One of the most patriotic time periods in US history must surely have been during WWII. When I was working on my Saturday (Evening Post) Spinner and cutting old advertisements I read about buying War Bonds, I learned to save grease for the military, to ration sugar, and to take care of my car because I wouldn't be able to buy a new one until the factories finished their war contracts and went back to building cars.
People grew vegetables in their Victory Gardens as part of the war effort. Gardening is my stress reducer; I love going out and watering the flowers, dead-heading and enjoying the burst of color on our deck, front porch and paver patio.
This old wash tub was in Little Grama's basement, I rescued it several years ago and it has had several jobs, none had anything to do with laundry! If you fill it with ice, a Root Beer keg fits nicely for a graduation party! This year it holds Bacopa and Geraniums, Grama's favorite flower, she called Geraniums 'stink plants' because when you take off the dried blooms they reek!
My Victory Garden isn't a vegetable plot, but rather a patriotic display of red, white and blue blooms! My son enlisted in the Air Force in 2002, that was the impetus to plant a patriotic display. I didn't know the first year that I would be continuing to use the colors of the flag for the rest of my life! It appears that our son is making a career of the military and as long as he serves, it's my pleasure to to honor his commitment this way.