Memorial Day and Everyday ~ Remember Our Military


This page honors the American Military 
who have died in their service for the country.

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Memorial Day... 

Do you think of picnics, parades and fireworks?... Yes most of us do.  
But what is the real purpose of Memorial Day??  

To Remember!!! 

Memorial Day and Veterans Day honor the sacrifices of innumerable individuals who sacrificed themselves to preserve the freedoms all Americans enjoy, with 
Memorial Day remembering those who gave their lives, and 
Veterans Day honoring all who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Memorial Day is the older of the two holidays, having its roots in the Civil War. First known as Decoration Day, it was instituted by former Union Army Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, to honor those who died in the armed forces.
Logan designated May 30, 1868, "for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country" and conduct special services as circumstances permitted. "Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic," he declared. He also asked that the nation renew its pledge to assist the soldier's and sailor's widows and orphans
The establishment of Veterans Day as a national holiday had a different purpose. It stems from the armistice that ended combat in World War I, Nov. 11, 1918. It honored all who had served in the U.S. Armed Forces in World War I. The holiday was officially called "Armistice Day" in 1926 and became a national holiday 12 years later. 
for more information see source: http://www.mdw.army.mil/fs-s02.htm
Please visit my other military pages and honor the active duty and veteran military too.
Remember that we are a FREE country! 
Remember the men and women who put forth the effort to keep us free. 
Remember Our Military!! 
Remember the Veterans who came home maimed mentally and physically from fighting for our freedom.
Remember the POW/MIA who didn't come home from fighting for our freedom. 
Remember the KIA (killed in action) who gave their lives fighting for our freedom.
Often we only think of the military personnel when there is a crisis somewhere in the world and CNN or the newspapers are screaming headlines of fighting and death.   The rest of the time we don't want to be reminded that there are such horrible things going on all over the world.  

We live our lives day to day and have our own worries and the everyday cares usually deal with our own problems. Nothing more worldly than maybe finances, kids grades, fixing a broken down car or maybe planning a vacation.  "Normal" things.  

While all around the world our military personal are away from home, some in very uncomfortable circumstances, defending our freedom! Some are not far away. Some are stateside but still far from their loved ones.  Training to defend our freedom. Even at these times they are putting their lives in harms way.

We have one day a year that we Remember the Military. Only one day!?!? One that day we celebrate! We have parades... We have picnics... but many of us don't remember the real reason for the holiday! 

When you pass a military person, take time to nod your head and smile, if you can't stop. shake their hand and say thank you.  Let that military person know you appreciate that they are there for you.  Don't wait until they have given their lives for you and your freedom to 'remember' them.  Remember them NOW while they are here to hear it!  They may not be here tomorrow.

Remember the USS COLE

 

Ode to the Heros

"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, 
the embracing vines. 

They sleep beneath the shadow of the clouds, 
careless alike of sunshine or storm, 
each in the windowless palace of rest.  
Earth may run red with other wars - 
they are at peace. 
In the midst of the battles, 
in the roar of conflicts, 
they found the serenity of death." 

 

~Author Unknown~

 

Remember those who gave their lives so we could live

"Soldier, rest! Thy warfare o'er,
Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
Dream of battled fields no more.
Days of danger, nights of waking."

~Sir Walter Scott

 

Also - please remember the families and loved ones left behind on this memorial day!

Founded in 1971, No Greater Love is the only non-political, non-profit, humanitarian organization in the United States solely dedicated to provide annual programs of remembrance, friendship and care for families who lost a loved one in service to our country or by an act of terrorism.

 

 

"War drew us from our homeland in the sunlit springtime of our youth.  Those who did not come back alive remain in perpetual springtime -- forever young -- And a part of them is with us always." 

 Author Unknown

Visit My Adopted POW-MIA page for Brent Eden Davis Major, United States
Marine Corps and read how he was finally repatriated from Vietnam and laid to rest at
Arlington National Cemetery after 31 years and 9 months.

 

 

Eulogy for a Veteran

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the Gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

-Author Unknown

 

Every man who died for freedom,
has a place with God on high,
and beside our Heavenly Father,
they will live and never die.

Every man whose name is written
on a cross of snowy white 
is engraved in the hearts of people
who are free of fear and might.

Every man who journeyed from us,
lingers closely still today, 
and we must preserve freedom
so their trust we won't betray.

Every man who gave the fullest
shall be honored through the years,
and the ones they left behind them
wet their graves with flowing tears.

So memorial brings memories
of days that have gone by,
and thoughts of those who dwell in heaven
so our freedoms never die.

Author Unknown

  

 

 

Captain George Duffy's POW Page
a Prisoner of War of both the Germans and the Japanese during World War II

 

 

Women played many roles in many wars. 
Follow this link to see just how much women have contributed to the war efforts

Women Patriots: KIA/POW/MIA

Evelyn Anderson 
Captured and burned to death in Kengkok, Laos, 1972. 
Remains recovered and returned to U.S.
Beatrice Kosin
Captured and burned to death in Kengkok, Laos, 1972. 
Remains recovered and returned to U.S.
Betty Ann Olsen 
Captured during raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot during Tet 1968. Died in 1968 and was buried somewhere along the Ho Chi Minh Trail by fellow POW, Michael Benge. 
Remains not recovered.
Eleanor Ardel Vietti
Captured at the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot, May 30, 1962. 
Still listed as a POW.

 


 

 

Support Our Soldiers:  
SOS's Mission: Since it was created, SOS has had only one goal main in mind--to patriotically support our service people who care enough give of themselves so we can be free. Through various forms of communications, such as letters, gifts and on-line chats, SOS seeks to ensure that all service people are remembered fondly by someone at home.  Additionally, SOS is dedicated to ensuring that when deployed, every service member will receive mail from home. This action allows SOS to boost the morale and spirit of those who are far from home. Though our actions, SOS hopes to promote patriotism in all participants!

 


 

A very touching Site! A real Must See!

 


We Remember! Visit Memorial Day in CyberSpace and get your candle!

 


At this point let me ask this question.
POW or Hostage?
Peace Keepers are military personnel right?

When our government sends "Peace Keepers" in to 
protect a foreign country and they are captured ... 

How are they protected?    How are they classified? 
Read this and you will be very shocked.  I was!

(This takes you to another web site so please bookmark so you can return here after viewing)




 

For an upbeat "Memorial Day Celebration" visit my visit my Military page where I have combined 4th of July and Memorial Day for honoring the returned veterans, and the military that are  actively protecting  our freedom now!

 

Many of the Patriotic graphic on this page courtesy of Ron Fleischer
Thank you Ron

Other Worthy Pages

DaKoTa's Mountain's Homepage
Remembering - Tribute to Veterans
Tribute to American Veterans

Col. Ted Guy, Remembered

 

 

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