Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

This Memorial Day weekend and Memorial Day itself I've been at work in the ER, so I've not had much time to put together a fantastic post to honor our soldiers who have fallen in service to this country.

All I can say is that we cannot be thankful enough.

Please see this, found at AOW's site.

Also, here are Charlie Daniel's thoughts and memories, well worth reading:

Memorial Day 2010

As I approach my 73rd Memorial Day my mind goes back to a sunny June morning in 1944 when my mother got me out of bed early to go to the Methodist church where the good people of Valdosta, Georgia had gathered to pray for the brave Americans who were storming the beaches of Normandy.

The church was packed to the rafters with patriotic Americans who were turning to the only help they knew for the brave men so far away.

It was D-Day, and the allies were making an all out effort to deal a fatal and decisive blow to Hitler and the Nazi war machine.

We didn't have television in those days and the radio news reports were sparse and spotty.

I was only eight years old, but I was a child of the Second World War and grasped the gravity of anything the United States military was doing, I knew America was in a battle for something precious and was paying a tremendous price to win.

Even now as I think of brave men facing German artillery and being cut to ribbons by Nazi machine gun fire, I still tend to get choked up even after all these years.

That day, that moment in history was America in it's finest hour, America the liberator, America, "the land of the free and the home of the brave," fighting for freedom on foreign shores and on it's knees before Almighty God in the homeland.

There is no way, no words I can use to articulate or express the gratitude I feel in my heart for those who have given their all for this nation.

There are no garlands or bouquets that I could place on the grave of a hero that could represent the respect and admiration I feel for those who have fallen in the cause of freedom.

The young men and women who volunteer for the military are not to be taken for granted, nor should the service they perform be taken lightly, deployed thoughtlessly nor used as a football in a game of politics.

When someone takes that oath and puts on that uniform they deserve the respect, admiration and support of every American whether liberal, conservative, Democrat or Republican, native born or naturalized.

On this Memorial Day I pay my humble and heartfelt respect and gratitude to those fallen heroes of the past wars and my undying support and admiration to those who are fighting the present day wars.

I salute you all.

The flag in my yard will be lowered and will remain at half-mast throughout this weekend to commemorate America's fallen warriors.

Pray for our troops, and for our country

What do you think?

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels


Keads said...

Thanks I have linked, it appears that your link is not working on my end though.

WomanHonorThyself said...

thanks beautiful to know how much u care about our troops as well..(hugs)

Z said...

Brooke, thanks for that...
and try to get some rest this weekend; you're a tireless warrior for your family and your country...God bless you.

Always On Watch said...

Thanks for the link.

I was quite pleased to see that WaPo published such a moving essay for Memorial Day.

Chuck said...

Good read from Charlie Daniels, thanks for sharing

I got the weekend off ;)

USA_Admiral said...

Thanks for remembering and for sharing!

Brooke said...

Thanks for stopping by, all!

cube said...

Really, thanks for sharing that.