In Remembrance of America's Veterans Memorial Day 2018

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by Patricia Feager, 5/28/18

 

"And I'm proud to be an American, 

Where at least I know I'm free.

And I won't forget the men that died,

Who gave that right to me."

--- Lee Greenwood, Country Singer

 

 

Today we pay tribute and humble gratitude to the veterans (men and women) who sacrificed their lives for our country. Although the observance of Memorial Day didn't exist until the late 19th Century, honoring those who served and lost their lives dates back thousands of years. In May 1868, General John A. Logan did more than just remembered those heroes, he issued a decree that "May 30 should be a nationwide day of commemoration for more than 620,000 soldiers killed in the recently ended Civil War." It was formerly known and Decoration Day to lay flowers at the graves of the war heroes.   

 

They say behind every great man is a woman. Perhaps, the General got that idea from the women's groups in the South, where mothers, wives, and grandmothers decorated their loved ones graves. Sadly, it didn't become a federal holiday until 1971. Arlington Cemetery, confirms to many what Plato said:

"Only the dead have seen the end of war."

 

As many cities, states, and communities observe Memorial Day as a National Holiday, please also take a moment to remember the POW's or those missing in action, the unaccounted ones, and those forgotten ones, whose remains or whereabouts are unknown. May they all rest in peace. 

 

Patricia Feager 

 

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Lise Howe
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Thanks for posting this about Memorial Day - I hope that you have a good day too

May 28, 2018 07:24 AM #16
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Patricia, beautifully written. I am always emotional when I listen to I'm Proud To Be An American. Today is a day to honor the heroes that gave their all. Thank you will never be enough. Wishing you a safe Memorial Day. 

May 28, 2018 07:45 AM #17
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Hi Patricia Feager - It is up to us to instill these values into our children and grandchildren. I started yesterday laying this foundation with my two year old.

May 28, 2018 08:01 AM #18
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Brad ThomsenMichael Jacobs and Lise Howe - Thank you! I just back from the Town of Flower Mound Memorial Day Ceremony. Our guest Speakers were 1) United States Navy Rear Admiral (Top Gun) - Chris "Tree" Sadler and United States Marine Corps Reserve Colonel Matthew F Amidon. It was an honor to be in their presence and hear their stories about the men and women who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice defending the United States of America. Hearing the Bag Pipes, Taps on Bugle, seeing Flower Mound Police Department Honor Guard, and the reading of Names of the 33 Fallen Soldiers of Flower Mound was gut wrenching and beautiful.

 

   

May 28, 2018 10:06 AM #19
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Amanda S. Davidson - I just returned from the Town of Flower Mound Memorial Day Cermony. It was such an honor to hear what US Navy Rear Admiral, Chris "Tree" Sadler and US Marine Corps Reserve Colonel Matthew F Amidon had to say about our fallen soldiers. I don't believe there was a dry eye in the room. When I came home and read these two Military Leader's Bios, their accomplishments, love, and dedication to protecting our soldiers in harms way, it changed my perceptive. All in all, this is an enormous responsibility and I must always remember to be grateful for their leadership.Their hearts really do go out to the Gold Star Families. 

 

May 28, 2018 10:17 AM #20
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I credit my parents for instill those values in me from an early age. I in turn, did the same for my children and my son is doing the same for his little girl. 

May 28, 2018 10:19 AM #21
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Thank You Patricia Feager for your writting about this important day.  It is not a day to write about real estate but our Men and Women that serve for our country.

 

May 28, 2018 10:23 AM #22
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Patricia Feager we should remember, honor, and thank all the Hero's that gave us the freedom we enjoy.

May 28, 2018 10:24 AM #23
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Will Hamm - I completely agree! So many served. Few have been thanked enough. I am sure many who died as a result of serving our country, might not have heard the words, thank you. While enjoying the ceremony, I happened to look down and see the man's cap in front of my seat. To see him from behind, he was just an ordinary man. When I saw the cap, removed from the pure white head of hair of the elderly gentleman, I shed a tear. I knew in that moment, he has been to places, I am thankful I never had to go to or do things that he has done. People like him, are among us every day. 

May 28, 2018 10:44 AM #24
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John Pusa - I agree with you whole heartedly. Thank you It is a pleasure to know you. 

May 28, 2018 10:47 AM #25
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Patricia,

What a beautiful post!  I love the quote from the song also, as it says it so beautifully and so simply.  A

May 28, 2018 01:49 PM #26
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel - I always appreciate your positive feedback. Thank you!

May 28, 2018 04:36 PM #27
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Patricia I love that song.  We all should be proud to be Americans and especially proud and thankful for those who have given their lives to ensure we have the rights and freedom we have as Americans

May 28, 2018 04:52 PM #28
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George Souto - Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice deserves to be honored. I could never turn my back on my country or the those who served to insure our freedom. When I listened to the Colonel and the Admirable, I listened with my heart. They were very sincere. Their hearts are heavy. Courage isn't for everyone, but when it comes to the Military, courage is instrumental for survival. 

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I love to hear that Lee Greenwood song as it is so patriotic. It was sung in our church yesterday along with many other old patriotic hymns I grew up on.

May 28, 2018 05:19 PM #30
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Debbie Reynolds - Lee Greenwood's song is something I can wrap my arms around and believe in with my whole heart and soul. Apparently, other Americans would agree. It is wonderful that your church choir sung it in church. It must have sounded so beautiful, respectful, and it resonated with the church community in the most positive way! I would love to have that experience some day. 

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To finally see American Veterans seen as assets and not villains; makes my heart glow Patricia Feager . I remember those who sacrificed so we can live free...

May 28, 2018 08:27 PM #32
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS, - I'm glad that you and others who served are now seeing positive recognition, rather than "villains," makes me realized, change for the better is possible. The recent documentary, "1968," has been an awakening. 

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I have always love Lee Greenwood's song.  Your post was written with so much heart and meaning, Patricia Feager...It is part of the end of this day and I end it remembering deeply, thanks to you.

May 28, 2018 08:58 PM #34
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Jane Chaulklin-Schott - You'll never know how much your words meant to me. Day after day, I question if my writing has any meaning. Should I stay here? Or should I go? 

Memorial Day is something I feel very passionate about. It is a day of remembrance. For me, it never is a day for picnics and fun with family and friends. I make it a weekend to be observed in deepest respect for our Veterans who sacrificed their lives for us to have freedom. 

When I wrote on your post, I enjoyed reading the quotes and poem you shared, I really meant it. 

May 28, 2018 09:26 PM #35
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