24 May 2014


The morning has dawned on this day--
Saturday of the long Memorial Day weekend.
It's cloudy outside,
but the showers have stopped and the forecast looks promising.
The TV is on--
our young guests have chosen, not surprisingly, a cartoon.
As we do every year at this time (and others)
my husband and I have talked about them...
our fallen...
the father of a five year old daughter who died during the Civil War--
the young man who left a young widow and his baby during World War II--
the numerous others who have fallen in wars since our nation's founding.
So many;
so young. 
Full of dreams, full of hopes...
Surviving families changed forever by that one horrible moment in time.  
"So long as we are not forgotten we do not die..."

"You're his witness now.
Without a witness, they just disappear."
May God be with the many families and friends today who have lost a loved one during war.
May God grant our nation,
and all other nations of the world,
a long lasting peace.
Willamette National Cemetery
Vietnam Living Memorial
Damascus Pioneer Cemetery
St Paul's Catholic Cemetery
First quote:
unknown source
Second quote:
'Taking Chance', HBO films, 2009. USA


Linda W. said...

This is a very wonderful, touching tribute to all the brave people who sacrificed their lives defending our country. Thank you for posting.

Topcat said...

Never forgotten.

Betsy said...

This is a beautiful post Aimee. I fear that this holiday has lost it's meaning for many and has just become a kick-off to summer.
Mom and I went to the cemetery yesterday to put flowers out. It's good to be back here where I can do that.

Teresa Kasner said...

A good post - telling the children of the costs of war and freedom. We are heading off to the cemetery soon to clean my father's marker.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Becky L. said...

Thanks for the reminder of memorial day. I have to work on monday but will probably stop by the cemetery on way home since it's decorated with flags that day. Yesterday my daughter and I were in Salem and there was a huge flag flying by Denny's near I-5 off Market street. It was lovely, flying in the breeze of the warm afternoon. Enjoy your weekend with your little guests. We visited ours last weekend! Sweet!

aimee said...

Tnank you so much for your kind comment. Have a blessed Memorial Day weekend!

Thank you. You are so very, very right. Blessings this Memorial Day weekend and thanks for your comment and visit.

Thanks Betsy. Yes, it certainly has. Thank you and your mom for remembering. Have a blessed weekend and Memorial Day.
Blessings, Aimee

Thank you. I hope the next generations will remember the dear price paid. I appreciate that you and your hubby take the time each year to visit your dad's gravesite and make sure his marker is being taken care of. Blessings to you and yours on this important weekend.

Thanks Becky. Have a good day on Monday. I know that even if you can't make it to the cemetery, you will remember the importance of Memorial Day. It is always a touching sight to see so many flags marking the graves of our fallen. I love huge flags too---maybe someday you can post a pic of it. I would really love to see it.
We are having a good time. I will speak more of our adventures next week. Have a blessed Sunday and Memorial Day!
PS: Your little grands are so sweet:)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A beautiful tribute post Aimee ... I'm late reading it, but your words are true and perfect any and every day of the year.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Lovely tribute!

aimee said...

Thank you. I agree that we should remember them often.

Thank you Terri. I hope you're doing fine. I have been busy lately with family related stuff and illness. Hope to stop by your blog soon!

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