Remembering Those Who Gave All

decorationday5Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the Civil War, established as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers and flags.

It is the rare family who does not have fathers, uncles, cousins, brothers or sisters who served – or are serving – in our armed forces, who have pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

Many families have lost loved ones in the line of duty. My family was lucky; all of our soldiers and sailors came home.

memorialday4On Memorial Day we remember those who fought and gave their lives in service to our country.

Flags In takes place at Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldier’s and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery every Friday before Memorial Day. The 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) honors the Fallen by placing American flags before the gravestones and niches of service members buried there. It takes approximately three hours to place the flags in front of more than 260,000 gravestones. The Old Guard soldiers remain in the cemetery throughout the weekend to ensure that a flag remains at each gravestone.

“The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden.” — Ronald Reagan, Memorial Day speech, 1982

As I put out my flag today, I will remember all who gave their lives in service to the United States of America, and in defense of their fellow citizens. God bless them.



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18 Responses to Remembering Those Who Gave All

  1. Lucille says:

    Dover Air Force Base:

    Army Honor Guardsmen remove a casket of a fallen soldier…

    The entryway of the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs…a wall displays the locations, dates, and number of lives lost since the 1960s…

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  2. Lucille says:

    In memory of dear friend Bobby, USMC…crashed off the coast of Luzon after a reconnaissance mission…1962…age 25…gone but never forgotten….

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  3. Lucille says:

    Thank you, Juan….

    Annual Memorial Day Tribute
    Juan Browne

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  4. Good early am Monday Memorial Day morning, Stellars!

    May you all have a blessed Memorial Day celebrating and remembering our fallen and faithful soldiers who gave all for our nation. The below is my weekly military tribute I post over in the CTH every Monday morning, but today is special because of Memorial Day.

    Appreciate every one of you here.

    Gunny66, here’s some French Horns for you brother! I remember the exchange we had a couple of weeks ago about how and why you came to appreciate the French Horn. They are absolutely majestic here in the Navy Hymn. The pipe organ also comes in ‘midway’ empowering the presentation to the heights of music and hymnal glory!

    I can’t explain it. This year has pressed an ever deeper and proliferated, intense love for my military brothers and sisters more than ever. That first time Rynn69 put their weekly letter and military tribute post up, it moved a sabbath of the deeper seas in my soul and heart.

    Perhaps it’s an instinct that a major shift in planetary life is in the making. Perhaps it’s because I think of all our faithful soldiers in the terrific, grueling conflicts they found themselves in and somebody hollering SITFU! And they did! Some to the point of that final port of call and that last battlefield to serve and die on for their nation. Perhaps it’s because the agony and suffering heart-break of families and children who lose their loved ones pierces my heart deeper and deeper as the years pass by. I can be as stone-cold, hard and hellaciously angry as any piece of mortal of dust and breath, but this man breaks down and cries for these surviving families. Perhaps it’s a combo of all it. Maybe more.

    Sometimes I think, because I never married due to a terrifically intense and demanding call of life’s duty on several crazy and sometimes seemingly insane levels for long years, that if I could, I would go back in time for any one of our soldiers who did have a marriage mate and children, and take the bullet for them so they could be with their families. I can’t, but I sure as Heaven and the Hell of war would volunteer for that mission if it so pleased our God in Heaven. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend. Jesus’s own words. My own heart.

    I think of the men and women of all our wars, faithful soldiers, no skating, no shamming, nobody having to break it down Barney style to them. No! From the git-go, it was:


    Enjoy this Old Guard Sentinel’s last walk at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After 2 years, SSG Hanks made her last walk September 3,2017. The ceremony is phenomenal. The exact, perfect precision is something to be honored and greatly appreciated.


    And not forgetting…………

    Lest we forget…there are over 100,000 Americans soldiers buried in various places across several countries, some of which are not kept in official records and logs. American soldiers weren’t always brought home. I believe that policy changed during the Korean War so that American soldiers who died were brought back to the US, though some remained listed as MIAs. Let us not forget any one single of them today.

    Of the various burial places outside of the US, a most famous one, Flanders Field American Cemetery, stands out. 411 soldiers. 368 buried and 43 names inscribed on the Walls of the Missing in Action. These would be casualties of WW1, mostly from the Ypres-Lys offensive in a battle to liberate Belgium.

    R.I.P Lt. Alexis Helmer

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  5. lovely says:

    Dan Crenshaw has lovely tribute thread to some of his personal friends lost in the fight for America.

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