Remember . . .

Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Richard Paige

Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial
by Richard Paige


“These heroes are dead. They died for liberty—they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars—they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead.”

~ Robert G. Ingersoll

Memorial Day is not about sales, bargains, or balloons. It’s not about hot dogs, corn on the cob or cole slaw. It’s not about a long weekend or a three-day beer binge. It is about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, those who have given up months, years away from family and friends to protect, about those who have been willing to serve.

For my father, my other father-in-law, and my husband—veterans all who gave service to this country.

Music by Loreena McKennitt, “Dante’s Prayer”

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3 thoughts on “Remember . . .

  1. I feel so bad for not getting to this post on Monday, but I was just too depressed to read any more… I must say though, it’s about the best of all the Memorial Day posts I’ve seen, and that video really got the tears to flowing all over again. My thanks your father, your father-in-law, and your husband. But most especially, my thanks to you…

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