Memorial Day 2020

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by grizcty, May 22, 2020 at 1:52 PM.

  1. grizcty

    grizcty God, Guns, Glory Forum Contributor

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    Please REMEMBER, why we celebrate this day.
    On this day every American, should take a moment to bow their heads.
    This day is for ALL those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
    Without the service, of these BRAVE souls.
    We would NOT, have the liberties and FREEDOMS.
    That we all, enjoy today.

    It is your job as a American.
    To remind all the ignorant fools, who despise, and have no respect for our military.
    (Hollywood, Liberals, Media, Antifa, Career Politicians etc.)

    That they have their freedom of speech.
    BECAUSE of those, who served in the military.

    It is time to take back, OUR country!
    This is a long read.
    But, is worth taking the time to reflect on.

    Take care, be safe.
    God Bless America.
    Griz - Alaska


    Ahhh, Memorial Day . . .

    Just the sound of it conjures up wonderful images of summer, doesn't it? Memorial Day is a holiday anticipated each year nearly as much as any holiday Americans celebrate. It represents many things to us: the official kick-off of the summer vacation season; theme parks, pools, National Parks, etc. are open for the summer season; a three day week-end. And don't forget the family picnics, barbecues and the parades. By the way, did we mention the Indy 500?

    Fun, fun, fun!

    While it's great to celebrate all these things, there's so much more to remember. This Memorial Day weekend, take a moment to reflect on the real meaning behind this holiday - the ultimate sacrifice of life made by so many of our military men and women. Without the selfless duty of these people, we would not be able to enjoy and even take for granted, the freedom we have today. We should not forget the equal sacrifices made by the families of these individuals. Their lives were also changed forever due to the circumstances put upon them. And they, too, gave their best for the generations that followed. This Memorial Day weekend, please take a moment to give thanks for your freedom. Thank God for His gift of the many men and women of valor and courage who willingly gave all to grant us the privilege of being Americans today.

    We salute all those who have fallen in service of our great country.


    "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
    John 15:13

    A Memorial Day Prayer

    By Rev. Dick Kozelka (ret)
    First Congregational Church of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN.

    Eternal God,

    Creator of years, of centuries,

    Lord of whatever is beyond time,

    Maker of all species and master of all history --

    How shall we speak to you

    from our smallness and inconsequence?

    Except that you have called us to worship you

    in spirit and in truth;

    You have dignified us with loves and loyalties;

    You have lifted us up with your lovingkindnesses.

    Therefore we are bold to come before you without groveling

    [though we sometimes feel that low]

    and without fear

    [though we are often anxious].

    We sing with spirit and pray with courage

    because you have dignified us;

    You have redeemed us from the aimlessness

    of things' going meaninglessly well.

    God, lift the hearts of those

    for whom this holiday is not just diversion,

    but painful memory and continued deprivation.

    Bless those whose dear ones have died

    needlessly, wastefully [as it seems]

    in accident or misadventure.

    We remember with compassion those who have died

    serving their countries

    in the futility of combat.

    There is none of us but must come to bereavement and separation,

    when all the answers we are offered

    fail the question death asks of each of us.

    We believe that you will provide for us

    as others have been provided with the fulfillment of

    "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."


    Ultimate Sacrifice

    In my heart this sacrifice isn't just all about

    How they gave their every breath,

    Their whole life, their soul

    The gift of freedom to possess.

    It isn't only about the courageous way

    They left behind all that they loved,

    Treasured memories, family

    Though all of this would surely be enough.

    It's not just how they gave up having

    A future marriage, a lovely home,

    Beautiful children, a satisfying career

    Where they would never be alone.

    It's never only how they turned from fear

    To protect all of their own,

    Standing up against invaders

    Who would take away their homes.

    It isn't even in how they fought in deprivation

    With a will to win,

    A passion to conquer the oppressor

    The victory home to bring.

    It cannot be held only in their sacrifice

    Of every known comfort to man,

    Home cooked food, a cozy bed, normality

    Everything that they could understand.

    For above all, what impacts my heart to tears

    More than I can ever comprehend,

    Is that they faced death of all, for me, my future

    When they didn't even know I was their friend.

    Lord Jesus, may heaven be overflowing with

    such beautiful ladies and men.

    Soft Whispers for their love from

    Derry's Heart Poems © 2005

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    "TAPS is the most beautiful bugle call. Played slowly and softly, it has a smooth, tender and touching character. The bugle call was written during the Peninsula Campaign of the Civil War by General Butterfield, with an assist from his bugler, Oliver W. Norton, in 1862.

    "TAPS" went on from its origin as an alternative to "Lights Out" to become not only a signal
    that day was done, but also to say good-bye to a fallen comrade.

    "TAPS" is customarily played at funerals at Arlington national Cemetery as well as at ceremonies
    at the Tomb of the Unknowns there.

    Its composer is buried in the Post Cemetery at the United States Military Academy at West Point (even though he did not graduate from the Academy).


    I am not there!

    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

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  2. jerry

    jerry Since 03-15- 2002 Forum Contributor

    Thank you for the heartfelt efforts you put into these special moments
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  3. neophyte

    neophyte Wonderment :) Forum Contributor

    Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”- Unknown
  4. savage12755a

    savage12755a G&G Evangelist

    Dad gummed blurry screen virus again.
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  6. Huey Rider

    Huey Rider G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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  8. blue fox

    blue fox G&G Evangelist

    Duty HONOR country.:usa2::usa2::usa2: Never give an inch. always do what is right.
    I was an American soldier
    I am an American soldier
    Honor to my fallen comrades.
  9. ACfixer

    ACfixer Global Warming Enthusiast Forum Contributor

    Awesome Craig, thank you for sharing that.

    And let us not forget what they fought for. It wasn't to be locked in our homes and telling people they can't go to church or get their hair cut.

    God bless the USA.
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  10. TXplt

    TXplt Gun Toting Boeing Driver Forum Contributor

    Thank you Griz for the thread and I am grateful for all my friends posts.

    A solemn day to remember our friends who didn’t come back. And were lost to pay the price of freedom. May God bless them on their trip onward and be with their families to provide comfort.
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  11. chesterwin

    chesterwin G&G Evangelist

    Griz. Thank You for another soul stirring post.
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  12. aht_six

    aht_six G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor


    I love this picture. It was taken on Memorial Day 2015 by an amateur photographer at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Just a block or so from where my parents are laid to rest. We were there today, it’s a beautiful but somber place.
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  13. OneShotKill

    OneShotKill G&G Evangelist

    Once upon a time I worked in a government agency where a big lawsuit happened naming the agency and everyone was in panic. I bumped into a buddy in the hallway and we joked about folks running around like chickens with their heads cut off. My buddy spent 9 years in SE Asia, some military and some for another agency and we never spoke without some reference about our times in service as we had similar backgrounds, his much more intense than mine.

    He then made a comment that I will never forget, he said, you know the difference between us and them? I said no, what? And he said, "we know the sound of incoming..."

    Lots of people just like him to be honored. RIP buddy.
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