Monday, May 25, 2009


Freedom isn't free...liberty is purchased and defended with a heavy price.

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled;
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard 'round the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Concord Hymn" (1837)

This is not about political views.

This day is about remembering.

From the blood of the first farmer-patriot who died by the Old North Bridge in Concord, MA on April 19, 1775 - to those who continue to answer the call of their country...

...remember their sacrifice with solemn gratitude.


Day is done,
gone the sun,
from the hills,
from the lake,
from the skies.
All is well,
safely rest.
God is nigh.

(Click to read all the unofficial verses and the history of 'Taps')

hat tip: Michelle Malkin for youtube clip and verses


Gene and Charli said...

Thank you. Both of us are vets so we appreciate when people understand the real meaning of the day.
I know so many people believe this day is about sales and eating hot dogs.

Thanks for your posting. I wonder how many people went to the VA hospital and visited the veterans who are in the nursing home and the hospital.

Every day should be memorial day.

Paula B. - GemStateMom said...

Sincerely thanks to you and your husband for your service, Charli.

Sarah and I actually were quoted in our local paper, asking why we were attending the Memorial Day Observance in Moscow. The girls have gone a number of times, but Sarah (9) didn't really remember. Which is a good reminder to me that we need to continual teach our children - remind them of the sacrifices made for our nation. Telling them once isn't enough -- they don't retain it until it is repeated a number of times.

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The Catnap Cottage said...

Very thoughtful post - hope you are having a great summer!!