Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day: A Blessing of Thanks

On Memorial Day this year, we will pause to remember
that our freedom has not been free, but been purchased by another.

Our ultimate freedom, purchased by Him
who died on the cross and saved us from sin.

But, our earthly freedom has been hard won too
by men and women serving for me and for you.

You have given of yourself, you have helped to build this land
you have not backed down but continued to lend a helping hand.

On our own soil and lands and waters far from home
your strength and courage have brilliantly shone.

From coast to coast and sea to sea
your service has given us a land that is free!

We will not forget you - so many who have gone before us
we hope that now you'll hear a great big thank you chorus!

Today we remember those who have faced the grave
we remember for your service, for being courageous and brave.

We remember the sacrifices of you and your families
oh, the things you have given up for others such as me.

To make our land a place we can proudly call home
where our children are safe and free to grow.

As new life continues with every passing day
so we will not let your memory pass away.

I'm out of rhyming words to say thank you to the many who have gone before on my behalf.
I am thankful for this nation - not always for the things we do or the ways we act.
But, for the principles and One who this nation were founded upon.
I am thankful for America, for the freedom we have and know here.
And, I know that we must not ever take this for granted.

I am remembering my father-in-law, Bill, who gave so much of his life to serving our nation.
He is just one person of so many past, present and future who will accept this calling.
And, I am thankful.

We remember that there are so many whose names are not even known.
Oh, how they have sacrificially given for us.

Thankful for our founding fathers who risked their lives to begin this nation.
Thankful for our military and the many who have served - we honor your memory and service.
Thankful for the military families I am privileged to know today - you are doing a hard thing. But, we want you to know we see it, we appreciate you, we love you.

My words are not adequate at expressing my thoughts and heart - so I hope this comes across despite my disjointed words.

Thank you.

Patriotic Song "Thank You" Military Tribute - Amazing videos are here

** Try as I might, I could not get this song centered, but enjoy the message!
All photos were taken very recently at a visit to my father-in-laws grave at the local National Cemetery.


Ginger said...

What a beautiful tribute~~

Anonymous said...

Your post was very touching! Have a blessed day!

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful tribute, Monica!

*carrie* said...

This is beautiful, Monica! I am glad to see photos of Bill's grave site and special honors.

This also makes me think--Eric just finished watching a WWII series called The Pacific, and it made me wonder if David has seen it? Eric said he would really like it.

Kathryn D. Duke said...

lovely post...



Mom said...

Amen and amen!! Beautiful -- thanks for sharing, Monica -- love you, Mom

Elaine said...

Wonderful tribute.
Love the pictures!

Flannel Jammies Farm said...

A wonderful post to honor those who served and sacrificed.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Monica, for such a beautiful tribute to those who have given their lives for our freedom. Bless you for taking time to do this.

Love you, Grandma

~katie~ said...

We have so much to be grateful for!!! Thank you for this beautiful post.