Memorial Day  

curious082385 32F
4230 posts
5/27/2006 5:59 am

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5/30/2006 5:24 am

Memorial Day

All across the country, people will be celebrating...drinking, eating, being with friends and family.
But somewhere across the ocean, is a man who will be missing his wife, a woman missing her children as they sit in the deserts of distant countries.
Somewhere in our country will be a mother thinking of her daughter who serves with pride in the Air Force.
Somewhere a young woman will be twisting the engagement ring around her finger and praying for the safety of her Marine.
Somewhere, the shaking hands on an old woman will place a flag beside a grave and smile through her tears at the picture of her husband in his uniform, remembering the long ago joy of welcoming his return from World War II.

You may not have supported this countries past wars. You may not support its current one. But whatever the dishonor might have been of the politicians that led us into conflict...nothing diminishes the honor of the soldier's service. They serve with courage and strength so that we can sit at home and take a three day weekend.

On this day, we honor all who have fought and served.
We remember those who have fallen, with tears in our eyes at their sacrifice.
We pray for those who fight, with heartfelt wishes for a safe return.
We think of the families that wait and for those who have been left behind, with compassion and care.

As we stand here looking
At the flags upon these graves
Know these flags represent
A few of the true American brave

They fought for their Country
As man has through all of time
Except that these soldiers lying here
Fought for your country and mine

As we all are gathered here
To pay them our respect
Let's pass this word to others
It's what they would expect

I'm sure that they would do it
If it were me or you
To show we did not die in vein
But for the red, white and blue.

Let's pass on to our children
And to those who never knew
What these soldiers died for
It's the least we can do

Let's not forget their families
Great pain they had to bear
Losing a son, father or husband
They need to know we still care

No matter which war was fought
On the day that they died
I stand here looking at these flags
Filled with American pride.

So as the bugler plays out Taps
With its sweet and eerie sound
Pray for these soldiers lying here
In this sacred, hallowed ground.

Take home with you a sense of pride
You were here Memorial Day.
Celebrating the way Americans should
On this solemnest of days.
~Michelle Keim
Written at Arlington Cemetary, 2001

curious082385 32F
4925 posts
5/27/2006 6:07 am

Posting this now as I will be out of town most of the weekend, spending it with my family on the houseboat. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Happy Memorial Day!

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
5/27/2006 7:29 am

Beautifully done my friend! Have a great weekend!

puntachueca 106M

5/27/2006 7:49 am

Wonderful thought. Am going to send it to my email list.
Thank you!!!

Seriously_Real 49M

5/27/2006 8:44 am

As jaded cynical satirical pessimistic moody angry vengeful spiteful hateful fatalistic discouraged dismissive and apathetic as we can be at times.....

This is not the time for that. Lives are worth more than our own petty bullshit.


Kaliedascope61 43M
4084 posts
5/27/2006 8:58 am

I was once that man.

rm_1hotwahine 64F
21091 posts
5/27/2006 10:14 am

Coming of age at the tail end of the Vietnam War had a profound effect on me. From that age forward I understood the difference between what I think of politics and policy from what I think of of those who serve this country. My feelings about the former change. My feelings about the latter do not. Even reading a blog post causes an instant surge of emotion, respect and appreciation from within my soul to come forward.

Good post, babe. Thank you for the reminder.

Yeah, I'm still [blog 1hotwahine]

rm_gerson42 53M
2419 posts
5/27/2006 11:14 am

My father was in WWII. Lost most of his hearing, shrapnel still works its way out of him, had his lip shot off smoking a cigerette on patrol, went from the Aleutian Islands to IwoJima and still has nightmares. He has never once told me he regretted it. I admire him and everyone like him.

rm_cru1972 46M
4407 posts
5/27/2006 12:52 pm

Thank you Curious, Having been one of those proud, Americans who served during Desert Storm, I am one to make Memoiral Day just that. I do not celebrater the coming of summer, I celebrate ALL those who have honored America. I Spend my weekend placing flags on the graves of the fallen, and remembering all they died for.

HBowt2 60F

5/27/2006 2:08 pm

hope you have a good one curious

LilSquirt_4mfm 68M/68F
3394 posts
5/27/2006 2:53 pm

Amor, hi

lost a father, canadian, feel it on your memorial day just as much, giving for others is universal .... extremely well said .. .for many.


caressmewell 54F

5/27/2006 7:11 pm

Let them not be forgotten.

rm_sinful01forU 41M
117 posts
5/28/2006 4:39 pm

Well said Curious.

Nightguy_1961 56M
4866 posts
5/28/2006 10:19 pm

Well compliments....

NG61....disappearing into the shadows....

MaggiesWishes 61F

5/28/2006 11:46 pm

Beautiful piece to add for the Holiday.
Hope your's is a good one and safe too.

warm wishes 2ya
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curious082385 32F
4925 posts
5/30/2006 5:24 am

Thank you all for the comments.

Those of you who are vets - you brought tears to my eyes. I know that Memorial Day was yesterday...but I hope that you'll accept my hug of gratitude today for what you did.

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