Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day

Originally Decoration day to honor the citizens who died in war, now a Federal Holiday to honor and remember the 1,309,000(+) men and women who have died in American conflicts.
Marine saluting1Meuse Argonne-american-cemetery-and-memorial
(Over 10,000 Americans buried in Argonne, France)
(Over 14,000 Americans buried & honored in Lorraine, France)
Salute the Wall
(The Wall! BIL Vernon..3 tours, Ted (nephew) tour and our own Jimmy of Jimmy's Journal there as 'The Doc'. Thankfully they returned) 

Many wars, too many soldiers died.  Some were political, some were unavoidable but all were tragic. My family, like many, is laced with military veterans. Of all I know, only one (from an extended family member) died in the war. My best friend and Brother in law, Sonny, lost a brother on a ship that went down in the Pacific.
Sherry’s brother, Wiley Aaron Harris Jr.,  was wounded on Iwo Jima, but returned alive. All that returned were scarred by WAR.
The most tragic thing in American History was our (UN)Civil War. Do you realize that the dead in that war, was more than any war in OUR history. That is/was very tragic! 625,000 AMERICANS died on OUR soil.  Now compare that with the 405,000 (US) who died in World War II.
So we honor our dead, and hope we are not ever so pig headed, that we will again have an Uncivil War. I am hoping for an end to all conflicts in the middle East and our men return home. God keep us from more wars.
Soldiers do what they are ordered to do. No one wants to die, but every citizen who dons the uniform swears they will give their life in defense of this country, sadly over a million have.
So, ‘SALUTE’ and ‘HONOR’ to those brave and courageous who wear the uniform, and ‘HUMBLE THANKFULNESS’ to those who gave all.
In love and honor…..

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
Thanks for remembering with me, God Bless America.
Nite Shipslog
My brother BF Darnell Jr. Served aboard the USS Baron DE166, in the Pacific and returned. My Hero.
Uss baron also


Helen said...

Thank you Jack for your terms of service for our country.May God continue to be with you. Helen

Rose said...

I, too thank you, Jack for your terms of service.

This was a beautiful yet sad Post because we lost so many soldiers during all these wars.

God Bless You! Hugs, Rose

shirl72 said...

Nice blog. Good picture of Brother
Jun's ship. When I was little I
loved to look at the picture of
both Brothers in their Navy Uniform
sitting in the moon. I always
love to see the banner hanging on
the door showing two boys in Service. God love all our boys


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I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You got some strange comments going on there hope you see them soon and delete them. I have a lot of family tied at one time or the other to the military. I'm so proud of each and everyone of you that has put forth that extra dedication to serve our country. I pray for peace every day and protection for our troops too. Hope you enjoy your Memorial Day.

betty said...

I agree with Ma, Jack; hope you get those anonymous weird comments removed; someone obviously has too much time on their hands to spam you with comments like this.

I truly appreciate each and every military person, past, present, future for their service and their willingness to give their lives for our freedom. We were at the cemetery where hubby's parents are buried today; we didn't realize it but they were having a memorial service in honor of memorial day. Would have liked to be part of it but we had the dog in the car with us; we'll have to plan better next year.

thank you Jack and Sherry for your service!


Anonymous said...

A thoughtful day indeed.

Please have you all a kind new week.

Fred Alton said...

God Bless all the families of those who died fighting for the freedoms we enjoy. God Bless all of those who were wounded but returned to a handicapped life here in America. God Bless ALL of those who served our country loyally and faithfully.

Chatty Crone said...

A heartfelt thanks to all who have given so much for our freedom.

Paula said...

I'm late but I too thank you and all past and present who have served our great country.


THANK you Jack for serving. And bless all those who have passed doing the same. take care.

Louis la Vache said...

A fine tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, Jack!

Jimmy's Journal said...

Thank you for your service Jack and to the members of your family, as well. I think of all the wars, probably the saddest was the Civil War where families fought families and friends fought friends. The absurdity of it all.

Enjoy uour holiday, Jack and tell Sherry I said hello.