Memorial Day is Monday

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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Memorial Day is Monday. This song - originally written for the Movie "We were Soldiers" and sung in that movie by the USMA Glee Club is especially appropriate for Memorial Day. Go listen to it on You Tube or get the movie sound track. Even more importantly- remember those soldiers, sailors Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen who never came home. For them:

    THE MANSIONS OF THE LORD

    To fallen soldiers, let us sing,
    Where no rockets fly or bullets wing
    Our broken brothers let us bring
    To the Mansions of the Lord.
    No more bleeding, no more fight
    No prayers pleading through the night,
    Just divine embrace, eternal light
    In the Mansions of the Lord.
    Where no mothers cry and no children weep
    We will stand and guard though the angels sleep
    All through the ages safely keep
    The Mansions of the Lord.
    -Music by N i c k G le n n i e -Smith
    —Text by Randall Wallace

    "As I rendered my salute, I thought about the fallen soldier. I did not know his name, his unit or his home. I never saw his face or spoke to his family. I did not know why he volunteered for the Army or what he was doing when he was killed. But there was much I did know. I knew he had fought and died in an honorable cause, a cause that had little to do with our policy on Afghanistan. This soldier had volunteered to put his very life on the line in service to his nation and his brothers-in-arms. I see no more honorable cause that that...War does not make our sacrifice honorable, death does not make our service honorable; service itself is our honor.
    We, your American service members, do not see the cause for which we may give our last full measure of devotion, as our nation's goals in Iraq or Afghanistan, and perhaps that is the difference. Our cause is our nation, in all her beautiful, imperfect glory.
    So on a dark night in Afghanistan we stood under a velvet sky of a million stars to honor one man who lay under 50. We never doubted what he died for. Pfc. Patrick A. Devoe II died for you, the United States of America."

    " Sarah Albrycht: US Army - Afghanistan 2009.
     
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    flyersboy114 USAFA Cadet

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  3. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    This is a good link- thanks. The second song on it is "Sgt MacKenzie"- a Scottish song written to remember a Sergeant in the Seaforth Highlanders killed in WWI. Monday is the day to do as the song asks: Say a prayer and remember all of the Soldiers who have given their lives in the service of the country- about 625,000 of them. Lt Scot Cummins: I remember you especially Ranger. Hooah- I miss you.
    Lay me down in the cold cold ground
    Where before many more have gone
    Lay me down in the cold cold ground
    Where before many more have gone

    When they come I will stand my ground
    Stand my ground I'll not be afraid
    Thoughts of home take away my fear
    Sweat and blood hide my veil of tears

    Once a year say a prayer for me
    Close your eyes and remember me

    Never more shall I see the sun
    For I fell to a Germans gun

    Lay me down in the cold cold ground
    Where before many more have gone
    Lay me down in the cold cold ground
    Where before many more have gone

    Where before many more have gone
     
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  4. USMAalltheway

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    When I think of memorial day, I think of the quote Winston Churchill made.
    Although it was spoken to the men that fought in the battle of Britain, I think it is appropriate sentence for all those who have fought and fallen for OUR freedom.

    "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many, to so few"

    I shall say a prayer for all those who have fallen, and will remember them, and what they did for us.

    USMAalltheway
     

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