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Honoring Veterans Day

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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 were 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 our 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

CherokeeBillieSpiritualAdvisor.com

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

CherokeeBillie.com

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
______________________________________________________________________
“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.

Thanksgiving Reminds Me of My Father


So you will understand why Thanksgiving has such deep meaning for me let me give you a little history about my father. He lived in Tennessee and when he was a little boy of six years old, in the year 1924, his mother the local town tramp, told him to take his two little brothers and sister and find a way to survive. My father did by working on farms doing any thing they asked, and took care of those little kids; they slept in barns until he became old enough to provide a rented home. He never went to school because he worked any type of job on farms he could and was grateful for the work. Eventually he was able to buy land and had his own farm.

World War Two came along and he was drafted into the army. He was shipped to the Philippines and fought in the Pacific. On one mission his entire platoon was killed and he was shot repeatedly, but played dead and was the only survivor of his platoon.

After the army he returned to farming, but the government had shown him there was better ways to make money and offered him education. He went into the aerospace industry, which was a booming business. He became so skilled at making aircraft engine bolts that eventually he formed his own company. Every Thanksgiving he gave a turkey to his employees. He told me, “If I give them money they might not bring home food to their children, this way I know the kids will get something to eat.” He understood poverty and being hungry.

The last Thanksgiving that we had as a family before my mother passed away my father made a little prayer and blessed the food. That was the first time I had ever seen him do that and I realized the deep gratitude he felt. Every year along with giving his employees frozen turkeys he donated a truckload of frozen turkeys to the local homeless shelter.

My health became bad in my late thirties and after an accident I was unable to drive and my father always brought me a Thanksgiving dinner. He personally would bring it to me even though his own health was failing from Parkinson’s disease. Eventually he became bedridden, but he made sure that somebody delivered a Thanksgiving dinner to me every year.

My father passed away December 27, 1994. But to this day Thanksgiving has more meaning to me than any other holiday because it’s about being grateful for what ever you have no matter if you are rich or poor.

Celebrate this time and be thankful for everything you have. Be thankful for the people that are in your life and care about you. Be grateful for our little furry and feathered friends that love us no matter what. Be thankful that you have a roof over your head and a table filled with food. Pray for those who have no food and to show your true gratitude volunteer at a homeless shelter or church this year to help serve the meals on Thanksgiving.

I’m thankful that I had the most wonderful father anyone could ever ask for whom always loved me and took care of me.

Thanksgiving

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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