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What does Memorial Day Mean to You?

Home of the free because of the braveMemorial 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. With this holiday it is not the war’s we are remembering, instead, we are remembering those who served and those who gave all of their devotion in order to insure that the freedoms that this country offers  would be able to be passed on to the next generations.

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. They remind us of the cost of freedom and of the quality of our character as a nation. We do not gather on this holiday to glorify wars. Rather, we are challenged to remember that when war comes unbidden to us, there are those who are willing to give their all to defend this nation.

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 men that I went to school with who went to Vietnam. Some returned and some did not. So many of these care for young man that I knew came back broken and did not recover. To top it off they were spat on for serving their country by those who did not support the war. Whether you support the war or not always have respect for those who went into battle to fight for what they believed in and for freedom.

I think of all of the men and women who have lost their lives and sacrificed so much to fight the war on terrorism. We did not ask for this war, but without standing up to terrorists imagine how much more damage could be inflicted on the innocent.

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 seen 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, who sacrificed so much for our freedom, that are on the streets? America, wake up.

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Whatever you do this weekend take time to pause and give thanks for all that you have due to the sacrifice of so many men and women.

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

If you have any thoughts you want to share about Memorial Day, please share them with us here.

Honoring All Veterans!

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Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for his friends. American Heroes-Thank you for your sacrifice! 

No matter what country you live in it seems that War is the common denominator of civilizations. More than history books people’s personal stories captures the essence of wars and transmits emotional legacies to succeeding generations.

For me Veterans Day always reminds me of my father who served in World War Two in the South Pacific.  He was a sergeant in the army.  On one mission his entire platoon was killed and he was shot repeatedly, but played dead and was the only survivor of his platoon. He received The Purple Heart and he was given only six months to live because of his injuries.  Being the amazing man that he was he survived and lived many decades beyond the war.  It never left his heart and soul.  He always displayed the flag on national holidays and was proud to be an American.  

I think of the young men of my generation that served in Vietnam.  So many did not come back and those that did were never the same.  These young men did what they had to do, and unfortunately we’re not treated with great respect when they returned home.  So many suffered and still do from post traumatic stress syndrome.  Back then it was not recognized and now these older men are still living with the effects of the war. 

I pray for all Troops that serve their country worldwide today.  I pray for their families that support and worry about them.  I pray for their protection physically and mentally. 

Most importantly I pray that there be no more wars! 

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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What does Memorial Day mean to you?

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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

If you have any thoughts you want to share about Memorial Day, please share them with us here.

What Memorial Day Means To Me.

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In the United States, we are observing Memorial Day this weekend.

Memorial Day is not about picnics and barbecues. It is about showing respect to those who 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.

The following quotes sum up for me the real importance of Memorial Day. Feel free to share them with your friends
______________________________________________________________________
“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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If you have any thoughts you want to share about Memorial Day, please share them with us here.

Davy Jones and the Memories He Brings To Mind.


Davy Jones of the Monkees died February 29, 2012. I was a teenager when the Monkees came on the scene in August 1966, which was the best summer of my life.

I fell in love for the first time in August, 1966 with a young man named Gene. Before the Monkees weekly television program came on the song “Last Train to Clarksville” was released and made a big splash on the music scene. This song had so much meaning for so many because it was the height of the Vietnam War and many were going off and leaving their loved ones behind, which this song beautifully reflected. When the Monkees television program debut in September 1966 I was with Gene and we laughed to their antics and enjoyed the music.

The Monkees songs were melodic, catchy, and many have endured over the years. The first two they released, “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer,” became No. 1 hits. So did “Daydream Believer,” on which Jones sang the lead and which Dolenz told The Associated Press four years ago remains the Monkees’ most requested song at concerts.

I loved all of the Monkees from the beginning, I did not have a crush on any of them, but I loved their comedy and music. Each week Gene and I would watch the program.

After that summer Gene parents and mine did not want us seeing each other because we came from different racial backgrounds. We managed to see each other secretly for quite some time, but eventually our parents won and we were not allowed to see one another anymore.

When I heard the news of Davy Jones passing yesterday I couldn’t help but go back to that wonderful year of my life and experiencing that magical first love with Gene.

I always thought of Davy as a sweet and kind man. He had been acting and singing all of his life and he was a natural entertainer. He was never known as a drug addict or alcoholic. I believe he was blessed to be able to pass into spirit in his sleep.

His death reminds me of how quickly time goes and what a brief moment we have on this planet.

I want to say thank you Davy for all of the joy you brought to so many people in your life, me included. I’m sure that you’re with the rock and roll choir in heaven right now. Blessings to you gentle spirit.

Take the Son


A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.

He said, ‘Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art.’ The young man held out this package. ‘I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.’

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. ‘Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.’

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. ‘We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?’

There was silence.

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, ‘We want to see the famous paintings Skip this one.’

But the auctioneer persisted. ‘Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?’

Another voice angrily. ‘We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh’s, the Rembrandts. Get on with the Real Bids!’

But still the auctioneer continued. ‘The son! The son! Who’ll take the son?’

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. ‘I’ll give $10 for the painting..’ Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

‘We have $10, who will bid $20?’

‘Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.’

The crowd was becoming angry.. They didn’t want the picture of the son.

They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. ‘Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!’

A man sitting on the second row shouted, ‘Now let’s get on with the collection!’

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. ‘I’m sorry, the auction is over.’

‘What about the paintings?’

‘I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.

The man who took the son gets everything!’

So you see to each person a possession can hold a different value. Material possessions often have little value except for the sentiments that they hold. What matters most are those things that touch our hearts.

Store not things that rust, but store up for you treasures in Heaven.

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