Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day 2007

It is Memorial Day here in the United States today. Celebrated on the fourth Monday in May, we set aside this day to honor our fallen service members. Originally, this was a day on which flags and flowers were placed on the graves of soldiers who died in the American Civil War; today we remember all service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

In President Bush's Prayer for Peace, the proclamation he issued for this Memorial Day, he says in part, "...When it has mattered most, patriots from every corner of our Nation have taken up arms to uphold the ideals that make our country a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world. By answering the call of duty with valor and unrelenting determination, they have set a standard of courage and idealism that inspires us all..."

We are truly inspired by these patriots and will never forget the sacrifices they have made for us. We will spend time today to honor our fallen American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen. In the words of the late General George S. Patton, "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."

We will leave you with the lyrics to a song we found on The White House Commission on Remembrance website, On This Day, by Charles Strouse. (Please click here to listen!)

The bugle has sounded
Its notes drift away.
This time now belongs to you….
Verse:
On this day for one brief moment
Hear the silence fill the air.
Think of those, who walked beside us;
Now no longer there.
Then, don’t cry, but hear their laughter
For their spirit lives inside,
Let the mystic stream of mem’ry
Fill our hearts with pride!
Make us humble,
Make us knowing,
And reflect on what is done…
On this day
For now, forever
Make this nation one!
On this day,
For all the fallen,
Make this nation one!

Music and lyric by Charles Strouse
© 2003 Charles Strouse Publications

God bless them, one and all.
The Army of Four

9 comments:

  1. Well said, Army of Four! Well said.

    Thinking of you all in The States today.

    Kind and loving licks from us here in the United Kingdom.

    "They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them."

    Laurence Binyon

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  2. Excellent tribute! We are all very proud to have such brave and strong service men and women to stand up and fight for freedom and democracy. And, even though some people do not support the war, we should ALWAYS support our troops who continue to give their lives every day, so that others may know the freedoms we do.

    Holly

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  3. Great tribute on Memorial Day!

    Love,
    Bogart

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  4. What an awesome tribute on this Memorial day! Thanks guys!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie

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  5. I couldn't have said it better myself. That was very touching.
    ECHO

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  6. Thank you Army of Four for the excellent post!
    Licks,
    Nugget

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  7. Nice tribute post.

    ~ Girl girl

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  8. That was a beautiful tribute, A04. Thank you for posting!

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  9. Marvin: Thank roo - and what a beautiful poem!

    Holly: We are the land of the free BECAUSE OF the brave! ha rooooo!

    Bogart: Thank roo! And great to see you!

    Maggie: Thank rooo!

    Echo: Thank roo, too!

    Nugget: You're so sweet!

    Girl Girl: Thank roo, little friend!

    Marley: Thank roo!

    Tail wags to all!
    Stormy

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