Remembering Memorial Day!

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Mortgage and Lending with Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership NMLS 365858

Years ago, when I was still in high school, I was part of a nationwide delegation that had the privilege to visit the nations Capitol and meet senators, representatives, and several other political and public figures of our country.  I toured the halls of congress, visited the great monuments dedicated to former Presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, and Washington and even dined in the restaurants where past luminaries like Nixon, Kennedy, and Johnson enjoyed their lunches and dinners. 

PhotobucketHowever, one of the greatest moments that I witnessed was the changing of the guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns. It was an amazing thing, seeing that the earthly remains of these unknown service men being protected and honored.  In case you didn't know, the Tomb is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  I didn't realize it back then, but looking back today, I realized I was in the presence of thousands of soldiers, airmen, seamen, and corpsmen that will never be mentioned in the history books by name and their memories will only be remembered by their loved ones and those that new them.  Some may have had their likeness and names printed in obituaries and, more recently, broadcast on the evening news in certain cities and towns.  However, unless they were a great general or commander, or turned their war time heroics into a successful political career, many of them will never be remembered by the general public, their only mark left to the masses is a tombstone in the plush green fields of the National Cemetery along with thousands of other unsung heroes.

PhotobucketThis weekend, while you're enjoying your extended weekend, take time to remember the heroes that gave themselves to fight for our freedoms and our rights, and thank the ones still here with us for doing a duty many of us have never undertaken.  Keep in you prayers and your thoughts the thousands of currently active duty and reservists that are abroad and stateside that make it possible for us to enjoy a 3 day weekend with out fear of tyranny or oppression.  Visit your local National Cemetery and take a moment to remember the forgotten, unsung, and unlisted heroes that allow you the liberty and freedom to pursue your dreams and endeavors.  I'm sure thousands of people will converge on the monuments and cemetery in Washington, D.C. and it's vicinity this weekend as well as other monuments and edifices across this great land that salute our heroes.  Will you be one of them?  Will you honor their memory this Memorial Day?  I will.  I hope you will too! 

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Comments (7)

L. Wayne Denton
Denton Properties, Inc. - Loganville, GA
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What a great post.  There is nothing more powerful than seeing the respect and care given to this portion of our Military Service.  If I can find it, there are some real interesting statistics to who can serve this duty out.

http://www.memorieshop.com/DC/Unknown-Soldier.html

This will take you to a site that tells the story and you will want to stand up and salute all our service people.

May 23, 2008 08:44 AM
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James, nice ThemThem to those who served for our country and ourselves.

Thanks for sharing with the Group.

Duane

May 23, 2008 09:39 AM
James Jeter
Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership - Carrollton, TX
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Wayne - Thanks for that link.  Very interesting!  I found out that the Official name is actually the Tomb of the Unknowns.  I always thought it was the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Thanks for the education.  Very informative!

Duane - Thank you.  I thought it would be.  My father and both of my uncles served during Vietnam.  Growing up a military brat, many of my friends fathers were also in the US Army.  Many of my friends are serving or have served.  I think that it's a very noble deed for them to serve their country and her citizens.

May 23, 2008 10:17 AM
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James, I second that! And thank you to Dad and your uncles, and friends for their service.

May 24, 2008 01:36 AM
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island

JAMES - It's great to see someone acknowledging what this weekend is really about.  I have plans on doing something to pay tribute in an upcoming post.  Thank you for sharing this information.  It's amazing that there is perpetual guards standing by.

May 24, 2008 11:26 PM
James Jeter
Cardinal Financial Company, Limited Partnership - Carrollton, TX
James Jeter

Duane - I'll be sure to let them know!  I hope you had a great weekend!

 

Adam - Your welcome!  Glad I could share some insight.  Growing up in a military household, patriotism rings a little truer, even if you're no longer on a military base.  I remember growing up as a kid and my dad pulling over.  All along the highway, you could see soldiers (in uniform and out), pulling over and saluting the flag all at the same time as they lowered the flag for the day even though it was miles and miles away, hidden by the trees and buildings.  It's amazing when you get a true taste of that.

May 28, 2008 02:17 AM
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James, the weekend went well, was able to have friends and family over for some bonding time. Hope your was equally as good.

Duane

May 28, 2008 03:59 AM