I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend. Please take a moment to reflect while you’re out there boating, fishing, grilling or barbecuing, or whatever it is you folks do. Memorial Day is more than the start of summer. It is a chance to pause and remember the sacrifices — remember the gallantry and bravery — remember the fallen. From the War of Independence to the War on Terror, from the open field to battles away from publicity’s light — remember this day all who have made the ultimate sacrifice, for freedom is never free.
Ordinary men and women just like you and me, leaving homes and families and all they know to risk their lives for an ideal of honor, or duty, or just to protect the soldier next to them. People of patriotism and goodwill may debate the merits of any given war, police action, or humanitarian mission; but there should be no debate about our debt to the hundreds of thousands of our citizens — our brethren — who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives heeding the nation’s call to service.
Please take a moment away from the cookouts, gatherings and other celebrations, put your hand over your heart, and whisper a prayer of thanks for the men and women who fought and gave their lives so that we can remain free today.
Red is for Bravery;
blood shed in sacrifice.
Freedom came with lives the price.
White is for Liberty;
Life be free from God’s decree.
Blue is for Justice;
as vast as the sky.
Over freedom’s land to occupy.
Poem: © 2002, Roger W. Hancock (www.PoetPatriot.com)
i remember a great quote from a game i used to play (wing commander 5, the price of freedom). the one thing that kept coming back during the game was this “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance”
i think that’s pretty accurate.
i also have a seriously sad message, the beautifull red cat i had, was run over by a car :( he died last week and i received his ashes yesterday :(
i really REALLY loved that little critter and i miss him a lot.
I’m thinking about posting an “in memorial” on lolcats, i do have funny pics of him and i think it would be a good place for it.
I’m very sorry to hear that hon. :( If you do, let me know which ones are of him please. *hug*
That price of freedom quote goes along way further back than the game. That is a quote from Thomas Jefferson. I think too many people don’t reflect at all on what the meaning of this holiday is and take it for granted that we have the freedom to have this holiday because of the price in blood from those who have sacrificed themselves to give us that freedom.
That is sad to hear when a pet dies. I feel for DuelDenz’s loss.
Have a great holiday, Nicki!
Beautifully said, Nicki. I wish I could somehow personally thank them all. I’ve done nothing but so many have done everything, given everything.
DualDenz, I’m so sorry. I have three cats (plus one I’ve been feeding for about two years, so that makes four I guess) and I lost my 18 year old Elwood about 8 months ago. I know how tough it is.
Happy Memorial Day, Nicki. I corrected the spelling of your name in the Carnival. :oops: I’m usually more careful than that!
LOL, Scott. Not a problem. To quote P.T. Barnum: “I don’t care what you write about me, just make sure you spell my name right.”
I’m Dutch myself, so i’m not too familliar with American history. i did find out that many of the games i play have some sort of political or historical statement in there, i guess i can add this one to the list then ^^