A special day to honor American heroes
By: Diane Sori
I've been asked to re-post a special tribute (with some updates) I
wrote and posted last Memorial Day as remembrances and honor become
even more important with all that is going on with this traitorous
administration and the VA...
What is a hero...a hero is man or woman of distinguished
courage or ability, admired for his or her brave deeds, fortitude, and noble qualities.
In other words...a Soldier, Sailor, Marine or Airman.
Today is Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor all those
brave heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in our nation's service...a
special day where a grateful nation says thank you.
Memorial Day is also a day to honor and say thank you to our
Veterans, those heroes who by the grace of God made it home, who are sometimes
forgotten in the shuffle of everyday life.
This Memorial Day we must not forget to keep our brave men
and women who are currently fighting overseas in our thoughts and prayers for
they are the ones who are now keeping us safe and free at home.
A little history...Memorial Day started as a day to honor
Union soldiers who died during the Civil War. After World War I it was extended
to include all men and women who died in any war or military action. Known originally as Decoration Day, the
current name did not come into being until after World War II. Decoration Day
and then Memorial Day were always on May 30th, regardless of the day of the week. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed
as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been officially
observed on the last Monday in May.
On Memorial Day it’s tradition to fly the American flag at
half-mast from dawn until noon. Many
volunteers place a small American flag on the graves of the fallen who are laid
to rest in national cemeteries all across our country. Also, in many cities and towns across
America, Memorial Day Parades honor both the fallen and those serving in our
While today there will be picnics, barbecues, and parties
galore, please don’t forget that while you are having fun and enjoying the day,
that what you are doing was only made possible by those who sacrificed their
lives in the name of freedom.
So now I leave you with this, 'A Soldiers Prayer,' whose words
really honor ALL who’ve served.
A Soldier's Prayer...
The soldier stood and faced his God which must always come
He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his
"Step forward now, you soldier, how shall I deal with
Have you always turned the other cheek? To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord,
I guess I ain't...
Because those of us who carry guns can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays and at times my talk was
And sometimes I've been violent, because the streets are
But, I never took a penny that wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills got just
And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook
And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here...
They never wanted me around except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much, but if you don't, I'll
There was a silence all around the throne where the saints
had often trod...
As the soldier waited quietly, for the judgment of his God,
"Step forward now you soldier,
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."
Dedicated to all who made the ultimate sacrifice...you are now safe in God's embrace...God Bless America and our military always...and remember...