In honor of our Heroes

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It is the

VETERAN

not the preacher,

who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the

VETERAN

not the reporter,

who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the

VETERAN

not the poet,

who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the

VETERAN

not the campus organizer,

who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the

VETERAN

not the lawyer,

who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the

VETERAN

not the politician,

Who has given us the right to vote.

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It is the

VETERAN

who salutes the Flag.

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It is the

VETERAN

who serves

under the Flag.

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ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD, AND LET

PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

hfhlogo9This came to me from an old and good friend. He used to be Navy and I think that has hung over him like a dark cloud his entire life. I get to say that because I am a Marine! Not really. Shoe got to show me that Squids were just as dedicated to freedom as us Jarheads. This upcoming weekend is time for us to remember and honor our fallen heroes. For them we would not have what we have today. And that is just plain fact.

Did you know that Memorial Day started as Decoration Day to honor the Union soldiers who had fallen during the Civil War? Many communities after the war set aside a day to honor their boys who fell in battle. In 1868 The Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization of Union Civil War Vets, established Decoration Day for May 30th. May 30th being close to the day of the North and South reunification. After World War 1 it was changed to honor all fallen soldiers of all wars. Read the declaration below. You can tell just by reading the emotion these men had for their fallen comrades.

Memorial Day Order

I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but Posts and comrades will, in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, Comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers sailors and Marines, who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead? We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hinds slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the Nation’s gratitude—the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

II. It is the purpose of the Commander in Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this Order effective.

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Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands Protect them as they protect us Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.

May God bless and Semper Fidelis

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