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Memorial Day

It seems a shame that we only take out one day a year to honor our fallen troops, and also just a day for our fighting men and women that went to hell and back and lived to tell the tale. I’m not very good at tributes or memorials, so I’ll just impart my thoughts for this memorial day.

We went to the park this weekend, a lovely place with a small lake and a bike path where the children rode without a care in the world. As I looked around at the barbeques, kids of all ages having a ball, good friends talking over a few beers, it struck me that all of this was possible because of what our troops sacrificed. This was it. This is what they fought for. Freedom to go to a beautiful place, bring the kids, and not have to worry about a thing. They did the worrying for us.

Yes, it’s the least we could do, to give our fallen heroes one day while they gave us eternity. I’m sure most readers of this blog understand, but I’ll say it anyway. If there are those that are willing to die so that others may partake in the bounty of this country, then the least we can do is to put up some kind of fight to make sure that their sacrifices were not in vain.

Vin Scully, the great Los Angeles Dodgers announcer recited this poem today between innings. I thought I would share it.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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