Saturday, May 24, 2008

Let Us Not Forget


I have selected a few pieces of music that is fitting for honoring our military. Just click on the Playlist arrow to play the music. Every day is a good day to show appreciation for our service men and women. With this being Memmorial Day weekend I dedicate this post in honor of those men and women who so bravely defends the many freedoms that we enjoy. They give so much and put their lives on the line every day. I think the least I can do in return is to pay tribute to those that are still serving, as well as those that served in the past and paid the altimate price for our freedoms and way of life.




If tomorrow all the things were gone
I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again
with just my children and my wife,
I'd thank my lucky starsto be living here today,
'Cause the flag still stands for freedom
and they can't take that away.

I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land

God Bless the U.S.A.



From the lakes of Minnesota
to the hills of Tennessee,
Across the plains of Texas
from sea to shining sea.
From Detroit down to Houston
and New York to L.A.,
There's pride in every American heart
and it's time we stand and say


I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land


God Bless the U.S.A!





I first saw him on a park bench
I've seen him every day
Sitting in a shady grove
Where my children come to play
Sometimes he feeds the birds and squirrels
Or whittles little toys
Sometimes he just sits and smiles
At the laughing girls and boys


And I never paid him any mind
'Till one day just this year
I noticed that he wore a frown
And on his cheek ... a tear.


Well I asked him why he seemed so down
He looked up, began to say
I lost half my friends 60 years ago today


He told me of the terror
As he fought to reach dry land
By the time the beach
head was secure
Half his friends lay in the sand

That was just in one long day
He fought on for 4 years more
And the 60 years from then to now
Have not dimmed His sights of war


He said they have reunions
Just to keep in touch and share
And for each comrade who has gone on
They leave an empty chair

Well, His park bench has been empty now
About 6 months or so
And if I'd never took the time
Then I never would've known
That sitting on that simple bench
With bread crumbs and little toys
Was a man who gave his all
To guarantee my daily joys

So give thanks to all the men and women
Who're still here or have gone before
And made the highest sacrifice
In both Peace time and in War
Because they bought our freedom
Paid their own blood, sweat, and tears
Then endured the heartache of those empty chairs
For all these years


So please do not ignore them
Or speed by without a care
'Cause you never know
When you might pass by
A hero, unaware


By Mark A. Wright, HMC(SS)

22 June, 2000



At some point during the day today I hope that we will all take just a few minutes out of our busy day and give thanks for those who have given their all for us. I think you will find it rewarding to pay Kentucky Woman a visit at her blog, "Little Drops....In The Pool Of Life". You will find a lot of good links to blogs by those military men and women that have served and still are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Have a blessed day ~Jo

6 comments:

violetlady said...

Thank you, Jo, for this inspiring post.

Artsy Etc. said...

Very nice post. What a great tribute. Every post you do is so heartfelt. What a lovely person you are.

farmlady said...

Well Jo, you made me cry with this one Thank you so much for the lovely tribute to our men and women over there.

P.S. I just realized that I used your blog name for my last post. Didn't even think about it. Is this plagiarism? I'm really sorry. It won't happen again. Connie

Mike Golch said...

Jo.Thank you for this lovely and powerful post.I really like that TAPS is on the music list.It is extremely fitting for this weekend.

MYSTI said...

Wonderful tribute to the men and women who have died protecting our country, and to those that are still protecting us. Thank you for sharing.

Ky Woman said...

Jo,

Beautiful, just beautiful...

Thank you so very much to link to my l'il blog. Please come on over to read from our 'protectors'.
We are so blessed to have them stand guard.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!