Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

The Home of the Brave

Poetry says emotional things so well. I'll let it speak for me today:

The summer soldier and the
sunshine patriot will, in this crisis,
shrink from the service of his

But he that stands by it now
deserves the love and thanks of
man and woman.

~Thomas Paine

Home of the Brave
by Roger Robicheau

Through the feel of war they brave this day
How proud they stand, their unselfish way

Our soldiers bear what we cannot see
They assure our right to live life free

Each trained will face an unknown fate
Our support they need, don’t hesitate

Just imagine how this land would be
Without their courage - catastrophe

All the liberties we have grown to know
Would not exist, this life would go

Find a thankfulness within your mind
Speak gratitude for our bravest kind

Have the willingness to show you care
For fallen heroes, hold back no tear

Reach out to God with his guiding light
For our troops do pray, both day and night

America raise your flags to wave
For we truly are 'home of the brave'

God Bless Our Native Land
by Frances E. W. Harper

God bless our native land,
Land of the newly free,
Oh may she ever stand
For truth and liberty.

God bless our native land,
Where sleep our kindred dead,
Let peace at thy command
Above their graves be shed.

God help our native land,
Bring surcease to her strife,
And shower from thy hand
A more abundant life.
God bless our native land,
Her homes and children bless,
Oh may she ever stand
For truth and righteousness.

I'll end this post with one of my favorite images. This picture has always made our men and women in uniform going in harms way so very real to me:

1 comment:

Rita said...

Love that pic of the soldier holding his book.