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Monday, May 28, 2012

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Memorial Day Thoughts



The first Memorial Day (Decoration Day) was observed in 1868, and for 144 years Americans have honored those who've died in the service of our country.

My family has been lucky. While several of them served in two world wars, we've lost only one family member in combat. When I think of him, when I pause to remember all those I never knew who gave their lives, I also give thanks to those who fought and survived. While they didn't pay the ultimate price, they often sacrificed other things: youth, health, time with those they loved, and often their potential for becoming who they were once destined to be.

Each Memorial Day I hope that peaceful negotiation will replace the destruction of war and that we won't add more men and women to the list that we honor on this day.


Some quotes that plead the case for PEACE.

We must be prepared to make heroic sacrifices for the cause of peace that we make ungrudgingly for the cause of war. Albert Einstein


The days, the weeks, the years out here shall come back again, and our dead comrades shall then stand up again and march with us, our heads shall be clear, we shall have a purpose, and so we shall march, our dead comrades beside us, the years at the Front behind us: – against whom, against whom? All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

The fight was lost. The dragons were coming with invincible strides. The army, helpless in the matted thickets and blinded by the overhanging night, was going to be swallowed. War, the red animal, war, the blood swollen god, would have bloated fill. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane


33 comments:

  1. Beautiful tribute for Memorial Day! Thank you:)

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  2. Yes, excellent tribute. We've had many in our family serve in the military, including my father, but I don't believe we've lost anyone to war.

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  3. What a beautiful post and tribute! We should all be thankful to those that have served our country. I especially loved your quotes about peace!
    ~Stephanie

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  4. Beautifully and thoughtfully said. thanks for sharing!

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  5. love the quote by Albert Einstein...great post Lee!

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  6. It's a nice dream to hope that the differences will be resolved by peaceful negotiations and mutual understanding, but I don't think that humans we ever do this successfully on their own.


    Lee
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  7. Beautiful post, Lee. Thanks for sharing those powerful quotes.

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  8. What a lovely and well written post. I'm getting all teary eyed. Happy Memorial Day to you! :-)

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  9. What a lovely tribute. My family has been fighting for this country since the Revolutionary War and everyday I am thankful for their sacrifices.

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  10. This is a lovely tribute for Memorial Day. The quote about peace are great. Your blog is great and I'm glad I found your site. I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day.

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  11. I love that the internet keeps us more informed about other countries. I've developed a better understanding of your Memorial Day through blog posts.

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  12. Such a nice tribute! Have a good week, you!

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  13. Lee - I've heard voter turnout was 40-50%. There was a much higher turnout for the Parliament elections last Fall, but I guess the thrill of voting in un-biased elections has dulled in 6 months. I guess Egyptians are more like Americans than I expected! lol

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  14. I thought this post was touching and beautifully written. It is always important to think of those that have helped to defend our country. My heart goes out to all of the families that have lost loved ones.

    ~Jess

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  15. Thank you for this lovely post and reminder of the true meaning of Memorial Day.

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  16. This is such a meaningful post, filled with memorable quotes. I agree that it is important to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day. Julie

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  17. This is a beautiful post highlighting those who've fought for our freedoms and calling attention to peaceful existence.

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  18. Wonderful quotes and a thoughtful post. I hope you and your family had a good Memorial Day.

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  19. My grandfather served in WWII. He's 91 years old and still going strong. :) I wish everyone was as lucky as he is.

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  20. Lovely post! I didn't realize Memorial Day started in the 1800's.

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  21. Beautiful post, Lee.

    I wrote a poem about peace that will be in 1000 Pieces for Peace, a charity compilation. Not sure when it will be out though!

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  22. Wonderful Memorial Day post!

    Those are excellent quotes.

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  23. wonderful... Nice post Lee......

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  24. lovely tribute, Lee and I didn't know how Memorial Day got started, so thanks!
    Happy Weekend!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  25. I love these very powerful quotes! Hope you had a most peaceful and reflective Memorial weekend just gone! Take care
    x

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  26. Wonderful post/tribute. I lost my only brother in WW2. Thanks for remembering all of those lost.

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  27. The quip from The Red Badge of Courage is powerful. I saw the movie way back when but really need to read the book.

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  28. You made a great point. I worked for four years at a Veterans Hospital and the survivors who have lost limbs or been disabled have life altering changes to adjust to. It's important to remember the thousands who endure pain and suffering everyday because of war.

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  29. Lovely tribute to Memorial Day.

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