Memorial Day 2010

As a child, I didn’t fully grasp the significance of my daddy’s tenure in the United States Army. Dad served in two wars and retired from the Army, all prior to my birth. Now that I am an adult with children of my own to protect, I see the importance of and the honor in his service to our country, protecting this country and the freedoms that we have. I am thankful that Dad came home; however, sad to know he lost friends, commanders and comrades.

Now, I have many friends, family members and former students, who proudly serve our country in America’s Armed Forces. I am very thankful for them. And thankful for the many others, who have gone before us, remembered on this day for their bravery, honor and service to our country. Thank you to all our law enforcement, firefighters, and servicemen and women.

“In Flanders Fields”

Written in by John McCrae (1915)

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


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