It is Memorial day ... no pithy pushes to grow and excel ... rather time to pause and reflect on those who have fallen to protect our freedoms and honor on this special time of the year for reflection.
This past March, Vikki and I spent two weeks in France beginning in Paris and along the way spending time in Normandy where we visited the D-Day locations and of course, the American Cemetery where 7,482 of our fallen soldiers are buried overlooking the sea and the beaches where they lost their lives while determined to protect the world and end WW II. It is, at best, an experience that shakes one to their core. It is an experience etched in our memory for life. We walked the rows of graves and held a wreath-laying ceremony along with those we were traveling with.
So rather than think of us this week, let's reflect and honor those we must be forever grateful to for their ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom. The poem I have attached below states it so well:
And thank you for reading this. - Dan
We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As TAPS began to play.
The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here 'neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you've given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.
- C.W. Johnson
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