Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day...

I don't know why it came about, but I have two American casket flags in my possession.

I don't know the names of the men or women who died to earn these flags, or where they served... but I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
They died for me.
They died for you.
They died for a country and a cause that they believed in... and no tribute that I can offer, can ever do them the justice they deserve.

I've tried to track down who the recipients of these flags were, but with no luck.
I was told that unless there is actually a letter with them, there's probably no way to ever track them down.
But as a way of honoring the men who died, it was suggested that I fly these flags with pride today, as a way of honoring them... and showing them and the world that these men didn't die in vain.

And today, I'll be doing just that.

I looked and dozens of Memorial Day tribute videos this morning, and the comment on one in particular, touched me deeply.

"I'm not American, I'm English, but I know several serving Marines and a very good friend of mine has her fiancee currently serving, and I know you don't get much gratitude from us over here, but please let me thank you on behalf of my country. I'll honour every one of you brave souls who are fighting for our freedom, each and every serviceman and woman is a hero.
Once again, from the bottom of my heart, thank you."

Thank you all... And may God Bless you


Marjie said...

I honor the veterans who died serving our country in my heart every day. Growing up in the '60s, I remember the TV commercials saying, "Don't forget. Hire the vet." And I have always given preference to veterans when hiring someone. Thank you for remembering, too, even half a world away!

Fruitcake Sandy said...

Thank you for a beautiful tribute ...

Nancy M. said...

What a touching video!

Out Back said...

Its a shame we have to have wars and disharmony in the world. It would be wonderful to be able to live in peace and all people get along. But sadly that will never happen.

These soldiers certainly get my respect and thanks as do their families.

This is a great tribute Kate, thanks for sharing your passion.

Hope you are keeping well,


HermitJim said...

Well said, my friend! Thank you for posting this!

The W.O.W. factor! said...

Beautiful post and may God Bless everyone who serves and has served!!
I have a son...Maj USMC and I feel more protected than ever...knowing he's there for each and everyone of us!

Ladybird World Mother said...

A beautiful post, Tatersmama... a heartfelt thank you from me to those men who gave their lives, and still are doing to. May God Bless them and their families. xxxx

Robynn's Ravings said...

Just perfect, Kate. So glad the flags found their home with you where they are honored and appreciated.

Grizzly and I were poking through an antique shop today where we saw SO MANY memorial flags (the triangled type presented at funerals) and it made me sad to think that they didn't mean anything to the families that owned them or maybe everyone who knew or cared had passed on. They sat silent on dusty shelves as Memorial Day came and went.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, Kate...this brought chills AND absolutely beautiful! What treasures those two flags are...and what an incredibly beautiful person you are!! This post was THE most wonderful of ALL the Memorial Day posts I've seen!! You are terrific! Thank you!!!! God bless you...God bless our servicemen and women and veterens! ~Janine XO

LoveLost said...

That was really sweet, it reminded me of my older brother who was Color Guard at the Memorial Day Concert last Sunday. That makes me happy that all of my brothers that are in the Marines are being appreciated, for a second there I thought I was the only one.


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