Sunday, May 28, 2017

In HONOR of the Fallen!

A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue. 
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. 
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second

Facts like the above are good for Trivia.  They might be good for conversation. To be truthful I like odd facts.

Do you care about odd facts? A well Known fact is, it’s about Memorial day as I write this.  This is a day to reflect on the ‘soldiers’ (all military in that word) who gave their all for our country. In his pledge, when he was drafted or joined the military, the soldier swore to give his life if need be, in defense of this country. Fortunately most of the USA military returned home. Some wounded or maimed both physically and mentally.  As a Military man I was never asked to give my life, but have cried for those that did give all.

As a child of the late 30’s-early 40’s I KNEW men who served in WWII and Korea. I knew men that served in Viet Nam. Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. 
Please accept the 'HE' used to denote the military person as representing the Women who served and died also. I am very aware of the Women that serve(d).

I read that 1.1 Million Service members have been killed in USA wars.  The Unknown  Soldier buried in Arlington National Cemetery, represents these men. OUR SHAME in the United States of America is that we killed each other in our NOT SO CIVIL WAR. Of those 1.1 Million who have given their lives, about half of them, 500,000, were lost in the War Between the States.  Such a pity, we killed more of us than did Germany and Japan in two World Wars.

Over and over it must be said, the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine goes where he is ordered. Many times he did not like the orders that put him in harm’s way, but he follows orders, he braves on.  We have left our young soldiers all over this world.  Today, Memorial Day, is the day we set aside to honor those who gave all. They have honored us more than we could ever honor them.

Take time to think about those in military graves all over the world. They gave their all for you and me.  Thank you, my fallen brothers and fellow citizens, I salute you!

Nite Shipslog

                        They Gave All


betty said...

And I salute them as well. They gave their all so I could enjoy the freedoms that I have. They gave up their lives then as they were living them plus the lives they might have had if they survived the conflict. The marriage they would have had, the children they would have had, etc. I read this on another person's blog tonight about the two lives lost when one lost their life. I hadn't thought of that before, but it is so true. So many young died. So many potential died with them. I thank them all.


Lisa said...

This is beautiful. I have a problem saying " Happy Memoirial Day". As its a very sad day for many. I thank the men and women who gave all so that we can have all. I also respect the ones who made it home to tell the stories. They all gave so much! I can only imagine the turmoil they had to face so we can observer this day with family.

Enjoy your day Jack! I have to work blaaaahhh.

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

Great post today ! I really enjoyed the unknown facts too.

Mevely317 said...

Well said, my friend. Well said.
I like the way in which you've begun, too. (Yes, I'm a fan of 'odd' facts.)

Your phrase, "They have honored us much more than we could ever honor them." is particularly moving. Thank you for writing this.

Dar said...

And THANK YOU Jack, for your years serving in not one but three branches of the military. All Military men and women are greatly appreciated by this gal. At one time, three of our boys were serving overseas at the same time. A very unsettling feeling even in more peaceful times. I loved this entry so well dedicated. Thank GOD for people like yourself.
God Bless You and your generous heart.

Back Porch Writer said...

Good Memorial Day post! Salute!
And a crock can't stick out his tongue b/c his teeth are too big. lol
Or maybe he can stick out his tongue but no one waits around long enough to see it. lol lol
We just got back from Tybee this week. Had a great time. Now back to the grind tomorrow. Hope you all are doing well!


GREAT Memorial Day tribute.