Monthly Archives: May 2012

Memorial Day Balloon Release at Gig Harbor

This Memorial Day, our community at Gig Harbor celebrated the day with a special tribute to our veterans. Merrill Gardens at Gig Harbor hosted a Memorial Day Balloon Release that attracted over 47 attendees.

The balloon release is an annual tradition, bringing out a crowd year after year. A few in attendance even made a long distance trek to be with us for the ceremony.

During the event, balloons were let go into the air – each one in remembrance of a loved one who had lost their lives while serving in our armed forces. Each balloon carried the name of the veteran and the branch of service the individuals wished to honor. Many participants arrived early before the 1:30 p.m. service to sign balloons with the names of family and friends who had served.

Those in attendance sang America the Beautiful and participated in a flag ceremony while remembering their loved ones. During the event, poems were also recited followed by prayer and a moment of silence.

We were fortunate to have great weather for the ceremony. Thank you to all of our attendees. We feel so fortunate to have been able to share this special memory with all of you.

Here are a few shots from the day :

Memorial Day Balloon

Memorial Day - Balloon Release

How did you celebrate Memorial Day weekend? We would love to hear your story in the comments below.

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Top Ten Merill Gardens Facebook Moments

Last week, we launched our Top Ten Merrill Gardens Moments. In honor of reaching 1000 ‘likes’, we wanted to thank everyone who spends some time each day getting to know the great folks who live at Merrill Gardens. Through photo, stories, and comments we have been able to connect with so many great people.

Looking through all of our photo albums, we found many favorites. All of the photos selected for our Top Ten Moments embrace the best qualities of our communities.  We  tried to select the top photo, but couldn’t decide on just one. That is where we need your help!

To vote for your favorite, head over to our Facebook page to see the full gallery. We will make the photo with the most votes our new Facebook cover image!

Below are a few of the fun photos we have shared on our Facebook over the past few years. To view the full gallery, click here.

A big thank you to our 1,000 fans! We love hearing your stories and sharing our moments with you.

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