We will never forget…


The date of September 11, 2001 is emblazoned in the heart of America and burns like it was just yesterday.  It’s hard to believe that twelve years have now passed since that tragic day, and harder still to think about the 2,986 souls that were lost, leaving the grieving voices of the loved ones they left behind echoing across Ground Zero. It is for them America vowed to come back better and stronger than ever; it is for their legacy and their honor, that we have. We must never forget.

A Milestone for America

After more than twelve years of planning and construction, One World Trade Center, also known as the Freedom Tower, has risen like a phoenix from the ashes and reclaimed the Manhattan skyline.  It is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and stands as the primary building of the new World Trade Center complex.

Construction for One World Trade Center began on April 27, 2006, and its iconic spire was placed on top on May 10, 2013, making it the third largest building in the world. It is now the new icon of New York’s magical skyline and the most recognized and desirable office address in the world.  This new beacon of freedom boasts an impressive, sustainable design, making it a symbol of renewal, strength, and freedom:

  • Its parapet is 1,368 feet, matching the original height of the Twin Towers
  • The spire on top of the parapet is 408 feet, bringing Freedom Tower to a symbolic total height of 1,776 feet in honor of the United States Declaration of Independence
  • Costing over $3.8 billion dollars, it is the world’s most expensive skyscraper ever built
  • The 180-foot concrete base is designed to resist explosive blasts
  • There is over 3 million square feet of floor space spanning 104 floors
  • 1 floor of the Freedom Tower was completed each week
  • 71 elevators; it takes 45 seconds to the top
  • 90% of the occupied spaces use natural light
  • The glass is backlit with LED technology which uses less energy, lasts longer, and generates less heat
  • 25,000-gallon storage tanks on the 57th floor collect rainwater to help operate other parts of the building and reduces the usage of water by 25%
  • When completed, the structure will bear a “LEED Gold” certification for environmentally responsible design and construction.
  • One World Trade Center plans to open in 2014

America Reaches Out

As we grow stronger as a nation and come together to honor, to comfort and remember, we at Blue Mountain stand with you and want to be part of the continued healing. Our way is through the beautiful words and art of our ecards that we believe uplift and honor those who have left us, as much as those who stand together with us. We invite you to send, share or post a note of hope and healing to friends or loved ones as we all continue to hold onto each other and face a brighter future.






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Canada Day, once called Dominion Day, is celebrated with the same intent and fervor as Independence Day in the USA.  Canada Day marks the event in 1867 when Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada began the process of becoming an independent and united nation.  It wasn’t until 1982, however, that it became fully independent from the United Kingdom.  Though Canada Day has only been celebrated since the ’50s with fireworks and barbeques, it’s now a notable day for relaxing and appreciating family and freedom.

Canada’s capital, Ottawa, Ontario, and many other cities and provinces host holiday activities with games, cookouts, parades, carnivals, concerts, and air and maritime shows. There are countless events and festivals to be found throughout each city’s streets, parks, and museums. Fireworks are launched everywhere from Nova Scotia to Vancouver to conclude a day of patriotic festivities.

So how can you celebrate your neighbors to the North or honor Canada Day at home? Try decorating with some maple leaves and add splashes of red and white everywhere.

Canadian_Flag_CakeMake a Strawberry Maple-leaf Flag Cake, or try Eggs in Maple-Ham Cups, Canada Day Picnic Sandwiches or fun Beaver Cupcakes to savor the day Canadian-style.

FAnother way to have fun is to create some crafts.  You can make delightful Canada Day Birds of red and white paper or a simple red and white pinwheel to play in the breeze at the local parade. Today, craftsmen and hobbyists find lots of ways to celebrate the rich heritage of beautiful Canada.

You can find links for some great recipes and craft ideas for Canada Day below.

It’s always fun to join in a celebration, so come on and honor your Canadian friends and neighbors by recognizing one of their greatest days in history.  It all happens on July 1!
Photo Credits: Strawberry Maple-leaf Flag cake:   Eggs in maple Ham Cups:



This Memorial Day, as we honor our fallen men and women in uniform who have served since America’s birth, let us take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom for all.

The following poem pays tribute to those who have given their lives so that others may pursue America’s great promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.



Fallen For Freedom

With every fallen hero,
And every sacrifice,
Each man and woman serving
Knows freedom has its price.

As stars and stripes fly higher
Over lands, both far and near,
New generations take the pledge
To protect what we hold dear.

And should that mean they offer up
Their lives for liberty
Their sacrifice is not in vain—
For freedom isn’t free

And so today we honor those
Who have been laid to rest—
Remembering that these brave souls
Gave better than their best.

~Brian MacDougall




A Patriotic Christmas eCard

“I’ll be home for Christmas…if only in my dreams.” Those are words from a favorite Christmas song for many and they seem so fitting for the 100,000 or so men and women who are still serving their country far from home this holiday season. They, and all those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom are the reason we can be together with the rest of our loved ones celebrating this special time of year.

We’re proud to have created this beautiful patriotic design that reminds us that Christmas is more than the hustle and bustle, the twinkle and glow, the presents and parties…it’s about home and love, peace and joy, and hope and faith in each other.

Merry Christmas, Everyone!