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What does Memorial Day mean to you?-Click Picture For Article
Memorial Day is not about picnics and barbecues. It is about showing respect to those who have fought and the many that died for our country. What ever you do this weekend take time to pause and give thanks for all that you have due to the sacrifice of many men and women.

I wanted to take a minute and share with everyone the significance of Memorial Day to me and, I believe, to all of us.

On Memorial Day, we take time to remember all of the soldiers that died so that we can have our freedom.

My father fought in World War Two and his total platoon was killed by the Japanese and he survived because he played dead even though he was shot many times. My father received the Purple Heart, and the Silver Star. I always think of him on Memorial Day.

So this holiday is very important to me as I remember what my father went through for me and for others.

I also think of all the young man that I went to school with who went to Vietnam. Some returned and some did not.

I find it incredibly sad how our veterans are not being taken care of by the government that they served. Friends, let me ask you a question, when was the last time you saw a VET on the street corner in a wheel chair? Twelve % of the Homeless Population consists of Veterans, roughly 67,000 people. Now, how can this government send money to other countries while ignoring these Vets? How can they say they care while ignoring these very Vets that are on the streets? America, wake up.

Help the homeless veterans

Blessings to all who have served and are serving America,
Cherokee Billie

The following quotes sum up for me the real importance of Memorial Day. Feel free to share them with your friends
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“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – General George S. Patton

Memorial Day they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” – Joseph Drake

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation. -Henry Ward Beecher

Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours. -Wallace Bruce

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. -Thomas Campbell

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. – Benjamin Disraeli

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,

Is their monument to-day, and for aye. -Thomas Dunn English

For love of country they accepted death… -James A. Garfield

The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. -William Havard

The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem. -Aaron Kilbourn

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. -William Penn

On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! -Thomas William Parsons

The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men. -Minot J. Savage

We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. -Francis A. Walker

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Comments on: "What does Memorial Day mean to you?" (3)

  1. Thank you for sharing your father’s story with us Cherokee.

    Blessings to all those who have fought to keep the world safe!

  2. I’ve seen first hand the Damage wreaked on the human psychic. Yet, when I asked him, my friend said he would do it again. He viewed his service as a duty and an honor. I always think of David around Memorial Day. He and others like him gave more to this country than many of us would. Some come home and are seemingly fine. Others, (like David) come home with damaged minds Others return missing limbs. Some return, only to be buried. They gave the ultimate price.
    Still, I yearn for the day when War is nothing more than a memory of the past. Never to be repeated.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your story about David. My father was proud to serve for his country. I agree with you that I wish there was no more war. Many blessings, Cherokee Billie

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