Memorial Day 2012 - We Shall NEVER Forget

Real Estate Agent with Las Cruces Homes and Land

In my surfing around the net, looking for some graphics to include in my Memorial Day 2012 post, I stumbled across this -

Photo by Kevin Borland

I was blown away.  Why?

Back in 2009, I was still living in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Run For The Wall was coming through town on their annual ride to Washington DC for Rolling Thunder. I, along with other friends, always met these men and women at the Harley Davidson place to shake hands and say hello to familiar faces.

In 2009, it was the 40th anniversary of when a friend of mine's brother went missing in VietNam. Michael Burns is still listed as MIA along with a fellow soldier, Dennis Paul Neal. When I realized the significance of the number of years, I wondered if it would be possible to find a rider to take something with them to The Wall for me. I did and the picture is the result. I made the item in the middle - with their photos and pictures of the medals awarded to them.

I still have the bracelet I wore for many many years with Michael's name on it. I have pictures from the times I witnessed the Rolling Thunder events when I lived in DC. Each holds great memories for me. Stumbling across this picture by accident really got me. I remember meeting the rider taking my tribute with him. I broke down in tears because of his kindness. Thinking about it now makes me grateful that I've got tissues on my desk.

Take some time this weekend to think about those that gave the Ultimate Sacrifice. Think about the families they left behind. Think about the legacies they left. Think about what their sacrifices meant to this country.

I hope you'll fly your flag proudly this weekend.
I hope that, should you see a member of the military this weekend, you will proudly thank them for their service.

And, I hope, that you'll never forget Michael and Dennis.

Comments (28)

Wayne Thompson
Walden Mortgage Group - Lexington, KY

There are many people who don't support some of the ware efforts the US has gotten involved in. I have even questioned why we were involved in a few conflicts. BUT the most important thing we all need to remember is the people serving in this war are our sons, daughters, neighbors, friends, etc. No matter how much you disagree with the government actions always remember we should welocme every soldier home as a heroe. That soldier is doing the dirty work of ptotecting our country so we don't have have to and so we can enjoy our freedoms.

Thank you to all the military personnel, you are truly heroes!!

May 28, 2012 12:25 AM
John Dotson
Preferred Properties of Highlands, Inc. - Highlands, NC - Highlands, NC
The experience to get you to the other side!

Thank God for those willing to put themselves in harms way.

Often the lunacy of bureaucrats greatly overshadows the true majesty of the American fighting men and women, most of them just barely adults.

A thank you to all who remember and support, a salute to all that have served.

May 28, 2012 12:30 AM
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

God Bless you and every person, especially every American that honor our warriors for their ultimate sacrifice and may God continue to Bless the USA.

May 28, 2012 12:37 AM
John Rakoci
Eagle Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
North Myrtle Beach Coastal Carolinas

Not a day goes by that I do not think of my dad, a WWII vet and those I had the honor of serving with that did not come home. God bless every person that war the uniform of the US military!

May 28, 2012 01:01 AM
Doug Patterson
Park Place Real Estate, Broker-In-Charge - Winston-Salem, NC
CRS, ABR, Broker-In-Charge

Memorial Day is a time for reflection and memories.  I am a Vietnam era veteran.  I was sent to Germany and served in a support company.  I met alot of Vietnam soldiers when they were sent to Germany.  All those I met, without exception, wanted to be with back in their unit serving with their buddies in Vietnam. 

I wondered why as I listened to their stories.  I was only 18 years old and had never been in combat, but I learned from these fellow soldiers of the closness that developed in their units and how supportative they were of each other.  It was a tremendous bond that I could see in their faces and hear in their words.  It was a powerful experience for me to know these brave soldiers.  Their stories were so intense and vivid in their mind and obvious in their eyes and facial expressions. 

War is horrifying and I am proud that our President is working to end fighting for our troops everywhere.  There has to be a better way to help people in other parts of the world.  Defending our way of life is important but we must do it in a smart way, and not let war always be the answer. 

May all those fallen soldiers rest in peace. 

May 28, 2012 01:05 AM
Denise Lynn Zuzak
My Home Group - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale AZ Realtor | Home Stager

Thank you for the post and the heart felt picture.  We must all remember how much our uniformed men and women have sacrificed for our freedom.  Not only today, but everyday.



May 28, 2012 01:08 AM
David Evans
HUD NLB Cumming GA

MY Father served and so many of my mentors will be memorialized today, God bless them! Thanks for this post...

May 28, 2012 01:40 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Seeing the wall for the first time is a such a powerful and emotional sight.  I don't know anyone who was killed during action in Viet Nam, however seeing the Wall with all those names on it made me cry.  All those men and women gone, what a great loss for us and our country.  

May 28, 2012 02:14 AM
Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

That's a nice honoring for men and women who have lost their lives while saving and protecting us and our freedoms - U.S. Memorial day 2012.

May 28, 2012 02:55 AM
Dimitri Matsis-REALTOR® (818) 599-6083
Troop Real Estate Inc. Westlake Village CA - West Hills, CA

Hi Emmary,

That’s real nice you have those memories to reflect on. I’ve been to the wall in DC and it’s so powerful, that no matter what time of year you visit, you feel the pride and patriotism. We shall never forget!!!!

Thank you for the reminder and thank you Mr. William (Bill) Zoller for serving this great country!!

May 28, 2012 03:16 AM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
Attending Rolling Thunder in DC is an incredible experience, and it's something locals should make time for. It really brings history to life when you see so many veterans from several generations in a seemingly endless parade of flag-decorated bikes. Love your photo!
May 28, 2012 03:21 AM
Mike Young, covering the USA - Las Vegas, NV
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809

My Dad landed in Normandy on day 3 of the invasion. He never talked much about it until much later in life. Thank you to all who have served our Country to preserve our values. Thanks for remembering. Former Sgt US Army

May 28, 2012 03:23 AM
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a wonderful gift your friend gave by delivering your tribute.  That must have been a sad and heartwrenching experience to see your tribute delivered.  Thanks for posting.

May 28, 2012 03:30 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

For every freedom we enjoy... thank a Veteran.

I give thanks to all of you.

May 28, 2012 03:41 AM
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

My father served in WWII and my husband was in the service for 25 years.  Didn't seem like much back then.  Along with my brother and 6 brother-in-laws, they all came home safe.

May 28, 2012 04:56 AM
Frank Cancilla
Realty World - FCC & Associates - San Jose, CA

What a great tribute!  Thank you for sharing this with us.  My eyes are filled with tears also.

May God Bless all of them!

May 28, 2012 04:58 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I am never sure what to say to post like this, as I feel you have said it all.  Great post.  God Bless America.

May 28, 2012 08:36 AM
Richard V. Foster, Esq.
Nevada Perfect Homes - Henderson, NV
Broker (58356) - ABR/M, CREN, CRS, GRI, RRG, SFR

Favorite Quote:... "If you can read this, thank a teacher...

                                  Since it is in English, thank an American Soldier."

Oh, and for those people that scream that this quote is not fair to other cultures... If I move to Mexico, I will learn Spanish... If I move to Germany, I will learn German, and if I move to England, I will learn their version of English.

This is AMERICA, our national language is English, our troops take their orders in English... So get over it, learn English, or leave.

May 28, 2012 08:42 AM
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Emmary, great post and very nice tribute.  Thank you for sharing.

May 28, 2012 07:56 PM
Roberta Kayne
Dublin & Central Ohio Homes - Dublin, OH
CRS, ABR, SFR, RRS, Realtor, Re/Max Affiliates

Lovely post, Emmary, and I agree-- it's a very nice tribute to the military.  Congrats on the feature - glad I found this post!  Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the picture.

May 29, 2012 09:35 AM