“Memorial Day was born out of necessity. After the American Civil War, a battered United States was faced with the task of burying and honoring the 600,000 to 800,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who had died in the single bloodiest military conflict in American history.” Family loyalties were torn- Family against Family and Neighbor against Neighbor.
One Nation – One Flag
Lest we forget those who
fought for liberty-justice
In Memory of The Many
Today, we Recognize the Brave.
Respect the Forgotten.
Remember the Lost.
Honor the Unknown
Some came home – whole in body, mind_ Spirit
Some came home brokenhearted-Injured.
Some came home missing limbs.
Some came home missing friends.
In Honor of All
For those died in the field:
The unknown, the lost_
Though you now abide in the
Grand Silence – your sacrifice
We are Free … Because of the Brave
This is a day for memories. Where
we were – what that horrific
Today is not for presidential speeches.
parades – beer fests, BBQ’s, or
celebrating the beginning
of summer vacation _
This is a time for reflection…
After the horror of the days of a war long past
This is a day to express our common grief
of that particular war – Perhaps a
day to reflect on the healing
for our nation. There is a
sickness hovering … there
is a lust for greed – for
Am I alone in hearing the
the beat of the drums
Am I alone-in my fear that we will
be forced to revisit the very cause
of the great rift in our nation
that left the many hundred
thousands – to their destiny
– Grand Silence
I fear we are called again to
fight for justice liberty, civil –
human rights… Can this
fight be avoided?
The words are inadequate expression of
our sorrow. Your brave legacy lives on –
If only briefly in our tears.
The Sound of Freedom
The thrumming of our heart,
our memories_ tears.
If one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.—1 Corinthians 12:26