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Laying Down One’s Life. Memorial Day Address. May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Address Woodlawn Cemetery, Joliet, Illinois St. John 15:13 May 30, 2016 “Laying Down One’s Life”   Iesu Iuva   Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.   I’m grateful for the invitation to speak to you a few words from Holy Scripture on this day when […]

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Re-Remembering Memorial Day

We get caught up in politics and policies, forgetting about all those brilliant folks who have stepped valiantly into harm’s way because they believed in freedom. You don’t have to agree with the tenets or decisions of war…you certainly don’t have to love the politicians who make them. Just remember and appreciate those who died to secure the liberties we become complacent about.

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Remembering Planetary Soldiers

The phrase comes from Robert Leckie’s The Wars of America and has been apt since the Spanish-American War. American Forces have fought just about everywhere and in just about every climate, in defense of freedom. And so this weekend, from Fort MacPherson, Nebraska, to Manila, The Philippines, to Luxembourg, to Cambridge, England and on Robert […]

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Memorial Day 2016 – Greater love hath no man

While it’s always appropriate to show honor and appreciation to members of the military, I want to provide this reminder to my readers: today is not Veteran’s Day. It is the one day each year that we come together in…

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Memorial Day, A Korean War Remembrance from an Old Friend

  (This Memorial Day commemoration was written by an old friend, Colonel Richard A McMahon (U S Army retired) who was a fellow platoon leader …

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Women and Harley’s and Power and War

Sometimes, in my more cynical moments, I think the Monday Holiday Law was enacted to make us forget the cause of the holiday. Proof, I suspect, if you needed it, that I have my full share of the traditional American distrust of the government and all its doings. It may be misplaced but, I’ve always […]

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Memorial Day 2015

Headquarters Grand Army of the Republic General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 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 […]

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Memorial Day 2015 – Greater love hath no man

While it’s always appropriate to show honor and appreciation to members of the military, I want to provide this reminder to my readers: today is not Veteran’s Day. It is the one day each year that we come together in reverence to commemorate the Honored Dead. We commiserate with the Gold Star families, old and new, who have paid the ultimate price to ensure that the United States of America will endure. As Americans, it’s important to acknowledge the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform that died to defend her. Civil society only survives in a world of violence and tyranny if there are rough men ready to do violence on our behalf. In his 1982 Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, President Ronald Reagan reminds us of the ultimate cost of freedom: “Yet, we must try to honor them—not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice. Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States […]

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Planetary Soldiers

The phrase comes from Robert Leckie’s The Wars of America and has been apt since the Spanish-American War. American Forces have fought just about everywhere and in just about every climate, in defense of freedom. And so this weekend, from Fort MacPherson, Nebraska, to Manila, The Philippines, to Luxembourg, to Cambridge, England and on Robert […]

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Memorial Day questions asked of beach-going American idiots! (Video)

But ask them the #1 app for smartphones and the answer might actually be correct!The people in this video who were interviewed by Jesse Waters on a Long Island, New York beach this past Memorial Day, and others just like them, represent the future of A… . . . → Read More: Memorial Day questions asked of beach-going American idiots! (Video)

Memorial Day – Love And Devotion

Today is Memorial Day.For most of us, the long weekend with the family, the unofficial start to summer, maybe a church picnic or a parade, the backyard barbecue and the roadtrip are what Memorial Day is all about.I think there’s a kind of instinctive …

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Memorial Day – Love And Devotion

Today is Memorial Day.For most of us, the long weekend with the family, the unofficial start to summer, maybe a church picnic or a parade, the backyard barbecue and the roadtrip are what Memorial Day is all about.I think there’s a kind of instinctive …

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Memorial Day 2014

Headquarters Grand Army of the Republic General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 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 […]

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Remembrance and Honor

And so as we move into Memorial Day weekend where we commemorate and remember those millions who have given their lives for our (and other peoples) freedom, we should also take time to remember President Lincoln’s words on 4 March 1865: Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the […]

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Remembrance and Honor

And so as we move into Memorial Day weekend where we commemorate and remember those millions who have given their lives for our (and other peoples) freedom, we should also take time to remember President Lincoln’s words on 4 March 1865: Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the […]

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Veterans Day honorees deserve non-appeasing Commander-in-Chief

President Obama’s Democratic Party-owned weakness makes wars more  likely, frequent and deadly. Appeasement increases the likelihood that more vets will also need to be remembered on Memorial Days. Ninety-five years ago today, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, an armistice ended the War to End All Wars. Or so the world hoped. Sadly, a German people, protected by the | Read More » . . . → Read More: Veterans Day honorees deserve non-appeasing Commander-in-Chief . . . → Read More: Veterans Day honorees deserve non-appeasing Commander-in-Chief

Decoration Day

Since today is our traditional Memorial (Decoration) Day, I thought we would mark it. Particularly since a ran across a really interesting article on the history of the day. Enjoy. From the Smithsonian We know you’re curious. A Civil War military history researcher explains where Memorial Day celebrations came from. Decoration Day postcard depicting a woman in mourning […] . . . → Read More: Decoration Day . . . → Read More: Decoration Day

Americans forget the meaning of Memorial Day!

Mark Dice takes to the streets, and asks the public about the meaning of Memorial Day. The ridiculous answers of many of these people show exactly what is wrong with this nation. (I didn’t have the heart to post this yesterday, out of respect for our military, past and present.) . . . → Read More: Americans forget the meaning of Memorial Day! . . . → Read More: Americans forget the meaning of Memorial Day!

What difference at this point does Memorial Day make to Hillary, Barack

With Democratic Party patriot friends like President Obama and Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry, who needs unpatriotic enemies? Never mind that it has been prominent Democrats over the past decade that regularly question the patriotism of Republicans, and not vice versa, but I digress. Our Commander-in-Chief chose the week leading up to today’s annual national observance of those in our armed forces who have | Read More » . . . → Read More: What difference at this point does Memorial Day make to Hillary, Barack . . . → Read More: What difference at this point does Memorial Day make to Hillary, Barack

Memorial Day

  My least favorite day of the year is Memorial Day. It is a day when I am reminded by everything Americans do, of the brave men and women we have lost in wars-most of which could have been avoided-all of which should have been avoided-many of which my family members and/or friends fought and […] . . . → Read More: Memorial Day . . . → Read More: Memorial Day