Memorial Day

Saturday, May 24, 2008





This picture, taken at a Memorial Day Ceremony, reflected the changing
faces of American veterans. From (L to R) John Finn served in the Civil
War; John Raeulin was a veteran of the Spanish-American War; and
William Giering was a veteran of World War I.

The image below is a modern photograph of a recent Memorial Ceremony, just after the Flag was placed upon the grave.







The above video pretty much sums up Memorial Day, for me. As a veteran, the son of a veteran, and the Grandson of a service member killed in action, I detest the phrase 'Happy Memorial Day.' Memorial Day is not meant to be a 'happy' day, but a day of solemn remembrance to honor those service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the service to Our Country.

Veterans Day is meant to honor our living veterans, Armed Forces Day is meant to honor those still serving, and Memorial Day is meant to honor the dead. Please remember to fly your flag tomorrow.

For my fallen comrades in arms, I offer this:

"Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done,
in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen."

3 comments:

Melissa May 24, 2008 at 9:53 PM  

GG,

I started my day reading about the loss of the "Miracle Soldier", with tears running down my cheeks. Your tribute just caused those tears to flow again.
They are tears of both sadness and gratitude.
Sadness, for those lost serving our country and gratitude that there are still men and women willing to set themselves apart to serve.
Thank you for being there when our country called.

Anonymous May 25, 2008 at 12:26 AM  

Goth,
There is a lot of emotion there. Through tears I had a lot of thoughts and nothing to say at this moment. There was anger too and believe you know why.

Our soldiers are a whole unique breed of people. Men and women. I will be honoring thier memory all this weekend and in prayer continually thanking God for raising up the military that this country should never, ever take for granted.

May all of those who sacrificed their lives be rejoicing in the Mansions of The Lord and may all their loved ones be comforted.
Amen
LLoyd
AUSPatriotman

Wild Thing May 25, 2008 at 4:56 AM  

Goth, that is my favorite song and it is so perfect for this. Thank you for serving our country, I can never repay in any way all you and your family and others have done for all of us and for America.

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