Happy Memorial Day from iKnitty – Free Vest Pattern

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iKnitty.com would like to wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day! My grandfather, 93 years young, fought in World War II and my granddad was a civilian airplane mechanic in Korea and Vietnam. My brother did a tour in both Iraq and Afghanistan:

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Luckily, he came back safely – but many have not. My cousin posted a lovely poem by Longfellow that pretty much sums my sentiments on this day:

Decoration Day

Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentry’s shot alarms!

Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannon’s sudden roar,
Or the drum’s redoubling beat.

But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.

All is repose and peace,
Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!

Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

And to celebrate, here is a FREE knitting pattern for the Simplicity Vest in ROSA from Tahki Stacy Charles:

 

Enjoy your day!