In honor of those who gave their lives in service to the United States of America in our armed forces, anticipating the official recognition on Memorial Day, next Monday.
Thank you for this, Stella – and what a pitch-perfect presentation of ‘Taps’ at the opening –
Love seeing the military vets and those currently serving standing with pride and singing their hearts out…..
My nephew is remembered in this: served at length in Vietnam (Marine Corps) and died about ten years ago as a result of cancer induced via Agent Orange. During the last 6 months or so of his life, he knew he would not survive – his two sons were serving in Iraq (one of them a sniper) and he desperately wanted to be assigned to be there with them. He was still available for active duty – (except for the cancer!).
Obviously that could not and would not be approved….but he was SO upset by that – his heart said, “I’m dying anyway, due to military service – so if I’m willing to stand with our forces in Iraq, that should be my choice….” What they say is true, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.”
God bless the memory and the families of those whose lives have been given. I particularly think of those families for whom this is the first Memorial Day since their beloved military member died.
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I thought of you, Sharon, when I posted this. Remember when we used to post random Sousa march tunes – just to keep spirits high?
Ah, yes! Sousa!
Can’t see to type, this screen is a little misty……… May my Lord bless you Sharon, your Nephew……….
Thank you Stella. Beautiful.
Not being particularly articulate, shall again plagerize the words of another, which include current thoughts of fam WWI & II rebels and non, and fam Viet Vet rebel recently passed –
“Old enough to remember Armistice Day? How about Confederate Memorial Day in the South? Confederate Memorial Day has passed in most of the South, the day varies by state, but Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee will celebrate on June 3rd.
Due to the date of MLK Day floating around, Texas celebrated MLK Day and Confederate Memorial Day on the same day in 2015. As an aside, in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi MLK Day is celebrated in conjunction with Rober E. Lee’s birthday. Until 2000 Virginia combined MLK Day with Lee-Jackson Day calling the day Lee-Jackson-King Day but revisionist forces prevailed and…
Confederate dead soldiers are no less deserving of recognition than those of any other war.”
From “Memorial Day – Remembering Those Who Gave All”
“Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the Civil War”
Here ya go –
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