Reflections on Memorial Day 2012

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Missy Caulk TEAM

I was challenged in a real estate group on Facebook to write a blog on Memorial Day. Most of you who follow me know that I have not been blogging very much the last 7 months. So I came over here to Activerain and thought I would search my tags and see what all I had written before. 

To my utter surprise, I saw that for the last 5 years I had always done a Memorial Day post,so this make year six of a Memorial Day post on Activerain. 

Jamie Caulk and Lillian CaulkAs I reflected back the thought that kept stirring in me was that the more things change, in many ways they stay the same. When Jamie died in October from injuries that occured after a automobile crash, my life was literally turned upside down over night. Then when my granddaughter went to join him in heaven a month was just unbearable. 

Today, as I look back on the all the old blog posts I had written here (linked below) it was a time of reflection. I realize how time goes so quickly. The bible says it best, Life is a vapor. Mortality is a given... all of us will die. 

When a soldier leaves home to serve his country they are literally putting their lives on the line for us, Americans. Freedom is not free, it comes with a price, a price that our forefathers understood and our soldiers understand today. 

Ronald Reagan said it best,"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same".

Today as I reflect on the price of liberty my heart goes out to the families of the men and woman who didn't return home, who paid the ultimate price and left their earthly lives on the battlefields across the world.

For every soldier who has not returned home there is a mom and dad and probably children left behind to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. This is something I learned through the loss of my son and granddaughter. 

As you enjoy your time with family and friends, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on what Memorial Day really means and remember those who have gone on before you. Arlington National Cemetery

Abraham Lincoln resolved when he dedicated Gettysburg during the Civil War, that "these dead men have not died in vain; that this nation should have a new birth of freedom; that this nation of the people by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth."

In 2007 I wrote a post on what our family was doing on Memorial Day and although we will be celebrating the same way, it won't be the same, because Jamie will no longer be with us.

My heart will be remembering him as my son who also served in the U.S. Navy.  Along with all the other families who lost their love ones for the great cause of liberty I will be remembering. 

God bless you ! 

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Joy Carter & Jeff Booker Brother and Sister Team
Keller Williams Parkland/Coral Springs Realty-GreatFloridaHomes Team - Coral Springs, FL
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In my prayers everyday, I give thanks for the privilege of my freedom (I went to high school overseas in a dictatorship country, so I truly know what freedom means).

Not only do I pray for those who serve to keep us free.  I pray for the hurts to be healed for the family that is a part of their service to our country.

Blessings to you and yours!  Joy

May 28, 2012 03:32 AM #34
Rob Rosa
Berkshire Hathaway - Wethersfield, CT
Personal Real Estate Expert

Great post and I love the Ronald Reagan quote!  Happy Memorial Day!

May 28, 2012 04:00 AM #35
Brad Andersohn
Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty - Fairfield, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Very sweet!

May 28, 2012 06:23 AM #36
Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Beautiful post and reflection. Although your loved ones may be missing this Memorial Day celebration, rejoice in the celebration and the memories of their past. God Bless. 

May 28, 2012 06:52 AM #37
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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We are all lucky that you took that challenge and wrote this sixth annual post. You are a triumphant survivor and so special to share your strength with us. My thoughts have been with you many times over this past year. Be kind to yourself.

With a great deal of admiration.


May 28, 2012 07:54 AM #38
Harrison K. Long
HomeSmart, Evergreen Realty - Irvine, CA
REALTOR , GRI, Broker associate, Attorney

Missy ... Thanks for your Memorial day post here.

Liked your recognizing what President Ronald Reagan said about freedom - "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same".

May God bless you and your family.

May 28, 2012 08:48 AM #39
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 08:48 AM #40
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Beautifully written, Missy.  I do hope that your day is filled with wonderful memories as I know you have so many of them.  Love to you and yours on this Memorial Day, Missy.  God Bless America!

May 28, 2012 09:05 AM #41
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
Charlemagne International Properties - Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A.

Lovely tribute--thank you for writing it.

May 28, 2012 04:13 PM #42
DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas


It's hard to imagine the loss of a child, in the fight for our country or from a tragic car accident.  My heart goes out to you and all who have felt the pain and heartache!

May 28, 2012 04:49 PM #43
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Missy, excellent message and tribute.  Keep up the great work!

May 28, 2012 07:59 PM #44
Bas Panch
SCV Home Buyer - Valencia, CA

Hi Missy,

You have been through a lot recently, my heart goes out to you and your family. At the same time I admire your courage, your resilience and the ability to maintain a positive attitude. Thank you for sharing this inspiring and touching post. I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend, and I honestly wish you more success in everything--in life, in your family and in your career as an Ann Arbor short sale agent.

May 29, 2012 02:32 PM #45
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Missy, as always, I send you my love and many hugs. I spent Memorial Day reflecting on lost loved ones too. It was the first time I remember going to the Cemetery on that day. I pray for our soldiers and their families.

May 29, 2012 11:04 PM #46
Kalene Bagwell
Realty Executives Of Kansas City - Blue Springs, MO
Realtor - Selling Blue Springs - Kansas City Metro

Missy,  I had noticed that you had not been on Active Rain in a while. I always enjoy your posts and your smiling face. Your story of faith is very inspirational to others who have gone through similar losses. God bless you and your family as you continue to heal. Life is a vapor and in the blink of an eye we who believe will be reunited with loved ones who have preceded us into Heaven.

May 30, 2012 02:00 AM #47
Anja Kerstens
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Morgan Hill, CA
GRI, CDPE, CHS, ASP, Selling Silicon Valley Real

Missy,  I am so sorry for your losses and heartache. Your strength is admirable. It isn't easy to pick up the pieces after tragedy strikes.  So many families who have loved ones serving the military are going through difficult times too; financial and mental just to name a few.

It is the challenge as how one reacts to and overcome this sense of loss.

Jun 05, 2012 01:54 AM #48
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

I found myself thinking of you so I came over to give you a virtual hug and say hello.

Jul 28, 2012 07:36 AM #49
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Hi Missy,

It’s a beautiful post and reflection. You are a good writer aside from being on top Ann Arbor Short Sale Agents. Good luck.

Oct 01, 2012 02:32 AM #50
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Great post here ,Missy.I love the message you're sending.I hope everything is fine and best of luck as number one Ann Arbor Short Sale Agent. 


Oct 01, 2012 08:51 PM #51
Debbie Harr
Homes that Click Realtors - Columbus, OH
Realtor Homes That Click, Worthington Ohio Homes

Hello Missy,

Great post and beautiful reflection, keep it up being on top Ann Arbor Short Sale Agents. God bless you.

Oct 03, 2012 08:22 AM #52
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


So sad to read this.  I think that Ronald Reagan saying is true. I am praying for you

Oct 10, 2012 08:35 AM #53
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