"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Lisa Hammond

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau

Monday, May 25, 2015

* A MEMORIAL DAY RE-POST *

Every Memorial Day I take time to remember what this day is really about. Many years ago, it was known as Decoration Day. That's because it was the day families and friends laid wreaths and other patriotic decorations on the graves of loved ones....those who died in wars.

Some men come home from wars, but many others do not. I am alive today because of one man that did not come home....my mother's first husband. He was killed during WWII, and that was heartbreaking for her and her two young daughters. A few years later, though, she met and married my dad, and so when my brother Mike and I were born, we already had an instant family....one that consisted of two teenage sisters for us!
 
During our barbecues, picnics, and parties that celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer, let's remember that in spite of our country's problems, we are free, and we owe so much to all our veterans of wars....deceased or still living.





photo taken by Becky Sept 2011 at our friends' lake house
 

I don't write a political blog, but I will say this, if you've never been to Washington, DC and seen Arlington Cemetery and/or the Vietnam Wall, you've missed out on a couple of extremely powerful sights. You will surely have chills......

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"I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, 'Mother, what was war?' " ~ Eve Merriam


"Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?" -- Holly Near

8 comments:

  1. Good post and I like the quotes.

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  2. LIke you I am not too political. I never can agree entirely with one side! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. I miss your input. Hope you are having a great Memorial Day!

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  3. Nice reminders on this day. Hope you have a great week.

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  4. LOVE those quotes. To which I will add 'Fighting for peace is like f***ing for virginity.' Someday I hope that wars are a historical event with no current relevance. And suspect I will die still hoping.

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  5. This is a wonderful post Becky. I love the ending quotes.
    Hope you're doing well!

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  6. Becky, thanks for sharing this. I cry, literally, each time I visit the war memorials in Washington, D.C. My children understand. They hug me. I agree with everyone. The ending quotes are moving.

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  7. Hey Becky! Yes, I've been to the DC memorials. The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier made me cry.

    P.S. You won the ARC...I need your address, though, so I can send it to you!

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  8. "I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, 'Mother, what was war?' " ~ Eve Merriam


    What if...our contests were not done with weapons, but with art? The most beautiful painting wins.

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