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25 May 2009

Memorial Day

"The dead soldier's silence sings our national anthem".
~Aaron Kilbourn

Later this week I will post my rambling thoughts before coffee, today was not appropriate in my mind. Today is not just for barbecues, sales, and sporting events. Today let us remember and honour all the brave men and women who died to protect our freedoms and our country throughout the centuries. There will be time to barbecue later today, but for this moment, let us not forget.

"These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead."
~Robert G. Ingersoll

7 comments:

Mighty M said...

Wonderful quotes - great post!

Tami said...

God Bless America! Simple but TRUE. THANKS TO THESE FINE MEN & WOMEN WE ARE SAFE IN OUR BEDS AT NIGHT.

Thank you, to the mothers who gave us so much, by stepping back and allowing their children to fight for us.
Let us not forget them either.

BEAUTIFUL POST Jennifer!

MommaYoung said...

I agree. Thank you for this post.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Giving ongoing thanks to all that have fought to protect our lands, our freedoms, and our future. Today is more than just BBQs and an extended weekend. It is a time for reflection and thanks. Great post Jennifer...

Lolli said...

Amen! :)

Kathleen W. said...

I've been thinking of soldiers a lot today, especially because I'm a mother and can only imagine how it must be to have your son or daughter in Iraq or Afghanistan or worse, a casualty of war. Despite the picnic, it was still a sobering day for me.

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