Memorial Day

Today in the U.S. we honor the veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice and died in the military for our country. 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

 

8 Responses to Memorial Day

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    Michael Soward May 27, 2019 at 5:14 am #

    Happy Memorial Day Steve,

    Thank you very much for this moving piece.

    I’m not a “so called Writer” but your programs really touch me!
    May you and your family have a very blessed week.

    With respect,

    Michael Soward
    Life-Ology 101 If All Else Fails, Smile

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    Andrew Budek-Schmeisser May 27, 2019 at 6:53 am #

    Please also remember another group of veterans…the contractors and mercenaries who are so often dismissed, and who yet protect our national interests and the safety of those in the mission field.

    Housman said it best:

    ‘Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries’

    These, in the day when 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 things for pay.

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    Sister Georjean May 27, 2019 at 7:55 am #

    The Gettysburg Address, the heart of America, and of President Lincoln in the days that were so decisive for our nation are applicable today! We honor our fallen military personal and we pray for the souls of this nation as we face the spiritual warfare that rages today!

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    Sharon K Connell May 27, 2019 at 8:02 am #

    Amen!

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    Debby May 27, 2019 at 10:59 am #

    As Jesus said, there will ALWAYS be wars and rumors of wars as long as we live in this world. It makes us sad and we feel helpless. Yet, the greatest battle for the freedom of men was fought and won in another realm – the heavenlies. Freedom is never free and Jesus paid for ours with His own life so that we would be “free from the sin that so easily besets us.” What our soldiers do on our behalf should never be taken lightly, especially when some perish doing it. I’m glad we have a day when we can honor them!

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    Michael Soward May 27, 2019 at 11:23 am #

    Amen.

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    Rodney Harrier May 27, 2019 at 12:49 pm #

    Thanks

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    Nan Rinella May 27, 2019 at 1:42 pm #

    Bless you Steve for this tribute to our fallen heroes. As J. R. R. Tolkien says in his medieval literature lecture at Oxford in 1953—in the 2nd novel in my THE CHOICE Series—our WWII heroes were “the New Knights.”

    God bless them.

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