Before I go on, let me point out that I did not forget Mother's Day. I included a thimble from my daughter that I added her own handwritten Mother's Day love. In the background is one of two Liberty Bell thimbles I put together.
The "lake" on the side has two battle ships and one carrier (in the back). The center of the the lake has a patriotic thimble.
From the collection of pewter charms that I bought, I made many honorary thimbles. The thimble at the top is double-sided. One side shows "Land of the Free."
The other side says "Home of the Brave."
In the center of the display, I have an "American Legion." I chose this particular thimble because it has four pillars, which represent the Four Pillars of the American Legion--Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. I emblazoned the roof with the Legion symbol. The raising of the flag at Iwo Jima sits out front while 2 caissons (again Monopoly pieces) stand at the entrance. In the background are the five "castles" which represent the armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard). I had to special order the castles and redo them especially for this display.
In front of this is a jet fighter. Behind it I placed "stars and stripes" as if they were coming from the rear of the plane.
Guarding the water is a fort that I found online. I put a pewter helicopter on the roof. Tanks are coming up the beach from behind.
To the left of center are some thimbles I made that I did especially for the Army since my husband and father both served in the Army.
Next to the "castles," I put in a Liberty Bell that I made. This turned out to be one of my favorites of the group and you will probably see it again in July. ;) If I had taken the picture from an underneath angle, you would see the clapper in the bell.
In my pewter charms orders, I received a capitol building. It was so small, I truly did not know what to do with it. So, I made a simple "button" trinket, which worked out quite nicely.
My train in front of the display rarely gets anything different, so I thought it fitting to put a flag on it.
Happy Holidays for May!
Next month will be even MORE exciting!