Memorial Day

Today in the U.S. we honor the veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice and died for our country in the military. It is an important day of remembrance.

Some interesting quotes to ponder in light of this day:

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”  –  General George S. Patton

“For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”  –  James A. Garfield

Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”  –  Unknown

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.”  –  John F. Kennedy


11 Responses to Memorial Day

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    Rebekah Love Dorris May 28, 2018 at 4:32 am #

    It’s such a gift to live in a nation where soldiers like my brothers fight not from coercion but gratitude.

    May God bless each of them who fight to sustain liberty and justice for all. Those words stop being platitudes when you hold up your hand and surrender your life.

    May we all fight for the same causes as civilians so their sacrifices won’t be wasted.

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    Joy Neal Kidney May 28, 2018 at 5:56 am #

    My Memorial Day essay was published in The Des Moines Sunday Register yesterday. My mother lost three brothers in World War II:

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    Lori Altebaumer May 28, 2018 at 6:30 am #

    These are some of my favorite quotes—not because they call us to remember, but because they inspire us to live by a higher calling. Thanks for sharing today.

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    Sharon K. Connell May 28, 2018 at 6:38 am #

    Thank you, Steve. Those who gave their all deserve to be honored. I take it personally. They did it for me.

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser May 28, 2018 at 7:11 am #

    Please also remember the mercenaries and private military contractors who went to the places too horrible for the daintiness of governments. many are still there, and will remain through death’s long duty.

    They have no hallowed cemeteries; their monuments are the memories of those whose lives they touched, and saved.

    The truest words come from Housman:

    These, in the day that Heaven was falling,
    the hour when Earth’s foundations fled,
    followed their mercenary calling
    and took their wages, and are dead.

    Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
    they stood, and Earth’s foundations stay.
    What God abandoned, these defended,
    and saved the sum of thing for pay.

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    Norma Brumbaugh May 28, 2018 at 10:11 am #

    Thank you. We should pray for our military personnel. A year ago my son chose to return to civilian life after fulfilling his commitment to the navy. He had signed up after he had completed a college degree. This made him older and wiser than some of the young bucks. He became a stabilizing force in his unit. They called him “grandpa”. In the last year since he got out, two of the young men he served with have taken their own lives, one while on leave. He was a younger man my son had befriended because he needed someone to come along side. These are hard things that break the heart and leave their mark on family, friends, comrades, and those in command. So I ask you to join in praying for safety but also for the psychological needs of our young men and women in military service.

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    claire o'sullivan May 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm #

    Aw, I feel so moved by your words and the comments, I can’t reply to them all.

    God bless our military and all those who’ve lost lives in protecting our freedom and our lives:

    “I believe in the United States of America, as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.” William Tyler Page, The American’s Creed

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    Sheri Parmelee May 28, 2018 at 12:10 pm #

    Thanks for remembering, Steve.

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    okechukwu Chidoluo Vitus May 28, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

    I thank God for Nigeria. I thank God for American. I still believed soldiers should be prayed for as well as pray for politicians, when the riots came we cry. we lost children at the north of the country. yet, God is still doing a good work. he has not stopped doing good. and I believe God needed everyone and everything to work upon. let’s give the world to God to work upon in prayers.

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    Daphne Woodall May 29, 2018 at 3:37 am #

    It wasn’t until a young man we had watch grow up with our daughter in church then go off to become a Marine who lost his life in Iraq that I understood the sacrifice.

    The youngest of three boys who all served. They had a GI Joe room as kids so it was no surprise they served our country. Mark was a Sargent who signed up a 2nd time to go back to Iraq. Two weeks in he was killed.

    The funeral was hard watching his father a pastor grieve while his other sons attended dressed in their uniforms.

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    L K Simonds June 1, 2018 at 9:44 am #

    So good, and so Godly to remember.

    When a member of a color guard handed my mom a folded American flag at my dad’s funeral, sixty years after he’d served in the Pacific Theater, I understood that a thousand years should be as a day when it comes to remembering the good and selfless things people do for other people.

    Good reminder this week. Thank you.

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