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Memorial Day…Have You Earned It?

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Memorial Day…Have You Earned It?


Have you been reading the wonderful posts written about Memorial Day? 

Dorie DillardMike McCannSham ReddyDoug Dawes just to name a few. 


Thankfully, Memorial Day Day is remembered for more than a day off, the opening of pools, and cookouts. 


At the end of Saving Private Ryan, as I was leaving the theatre, I sat down and cried. I have never done that for any movie. 

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The thought of this schoolteacher (Capt. Miller)  and the sacrifices he and his fellow soldiers made for one Private. Ryan was amazing. It is what service and honor are about. 



The message…two words…should resonate with all of us who owe what we have…the freedoms we enjoy…to those who paid the ultimate price. 


Earn this.


Let’s strive to live our lives in a manner that honors those who gave their lives for us. 

Larry and I are heading to the Fallen Warrior Memorial to pay our respects. 



***Don’t forget Taps Across America at 3 PM (your time) 


A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
George William Curtis


Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it. 

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Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't know that I have even seen Saving Private Ryan, but it sounds like a movie I should definitely check out.

May 27, 2024 05:36 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England it was one of the best movies I've seen and yet it so moved me that I never watched it again. You should watch it. 

May 27, 2024 10:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy.... this is it in a nutshell:

"Let’s strive to live our lives in a manner that honors those who gave their lives for us."

May 27, 2024 05:42 AM
Kathy Streib

I agree Nina Hollander, Broker Many never had to serve or even know of anyone in the military. We have to give thanks that there are brave men and women who are willing to sacrifice. 

May 27, 2024 10:59 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Almost all know someone who paid the ultimate price. A school friend of mine always wanted to be a Marine. He quit school to pursue his dream and payed the ultimate price. Been over 50 years and still think of him daily. 

May 27, 2024 05:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin I remember the story of your friend. I had some high school friends who did not return from VietNam. I think of the lives you and I have had the honor of living and what they did not have. 

May 27, 2024 11:03 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, We have such deep appreciation to all who bravely served our country!

May 27, 2024 07:26 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 we owe so much. 

May 27, 2024 11:08 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Great post, Kathy.   I had tears in my eyes at the beginning  of Saving Private Ryan, something that has never happened to me. 

May 27, 2024 07:28 AM
Kathy Streib

Michael Elliott towards the end, when the character Tom Hanks played was mortally wounded, tanks rolling in, I couldn't get over the feeling that he must have had. 

May 27, 2024 11:09 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Kathy,

I absolutely loved Saving Private Ryan and indeed bawled..it was so moving. Good for you and Larry to head over to the Fallen Warrior Memorial. The quotes and your message are so moving. Thank you for being you.

May 27, 2024 07:35 AM
Kathy Streib

Awww Dorie Dillard Austin TX thank you. I have never been able to watch the movie again. 

May 27, 2024 11:09 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Kathy. Have a very special Memorial Day.

Afternoon thunderstorms might impact some of the activities in Maryland.

May 27, 2024 08:16 AM
Kathy Streib

I hope not Roy Kelley But you and Chef Dolores be safe. 

May 27, 2024 11:10 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Kathy,
Like you, Saving Private Ryan had a profound effect on me. I have such a deep respect for our military veterans, those still serving and, especially on this day, for those who gave their lives gaining and protecting our freedoms. 

As I wrote on Nina's post this morning the songs and videos being shared today bring tears and goosebumps. I hope we are not shedding tears in the future for allowing those freedoms to slip away. That would be the ultimate form of disrespect.

May 27, 2024 08:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams I could not agree more. Now that my great-nephews are getting older, I want to show them the film made of the battle my friend was in. I want them to understand that war is not a video game. And I want them to appreciate the freedoms we have. 

May 27, 2024 11:11 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Having lost family members to war, the cost is greater than anything imagined. My aunt lost her husband and only son. Your post gave me chills and hit me in the emotions, Kathy.

Yes, EARN IT!!! Let’s strive to live our lives in a manner that honors those who gave their lives for us. 

May 27, 2024 01:14 PM
Kathy Streib

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! I felt the same when I read about your aunt.  we cannot bring back the lives lost but we can live our lives, as you said, in a manner that honors them. 

May 27, 2024 07:53 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy those we honor today paid the ultimate price for the freedom of others.

May 27, 2024 03:25 PM
Kathy Streib

They did George Souto they deserve our respect every single day we live. 

May 27, 2024 07:54 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  what a powerful post and a strong message, I get so annoyed when people confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day...Endre

May 27, 2024 08:49 PM
Kathy Streib

Endre Barath, Jr. it's only recently that we've been stressing the differences between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Thank you, Endre. 

May 28, 2024 04:49 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib Many do not know the difference, but to me, the wording says it all. It is in Memory of those who did not make it Home. 

May 30, 2024 03:14 PM