Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

I received the following quote in my e-mail box this morning and wanted to share it with you all:

"Memorial Day is on the last Monday in May and honors those
men and women who lost their lives serving their country.
What we celebrate as Memorial Day today, began at the end of
the Civil War. Family members of the many soldiers slain in
battle would visit the grave sites of their fallen relatives
or friends and decorate the graves with flowers.

'It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in
defense of our country in wars far away. The imagination
plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and
wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers,
grave and gray-haired. But most of them were boys when they
died, they gave up two lives -- the one they were living and
the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up
their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers.
They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave
up everything for their county, for us. All we can do is
remember.'   "  
(I would actually change that last sentence a bit to "....Remember, and then keep fighting to keep the freedoms they fought and gave their lives for."  We  must hold our Congressmen and women accountable to the oath they gave to uphold the Constitution ....  In other words, "Bind them down with the chains of the Constitution.")

-- Ronald Wilson Reagan - Remarks at Veteran's Day ceremony,
Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia, November
11, 1985

I spent 9 1/2 hours of my day over caring for the little neighbor girls again.  It was too cold to go outside.  Thankfully, the little girls' Grandma and Great Aunt stopped in for a fun visit, so that broke up our sleepy afternoon! 

It rained a bit last night again, so I took Jacob's pickup over.  There are a few really muddy areas where 4-wheel drive comes in very handy!  :)

I hope you all had a memorable day.~

1 comment:

Dawn Bornemann said...

I am so proud of you for sharing this, Cora!!! What an awesome Patriot you are!!!