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Remembering The Fallen – Memorial Day 2015

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2015 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

The following post was originally written and posted on this blog for Memorial Day 2012.  As I considered a post for this Memorial Day, I realized that I could not come up with a better message than this that captures the true essence of my feelings for this solemn day.  Today, we must pause, reflect, honor and appreciate the true sacrifice of our fallen soldiers, sailors and airman.  Those who have gone before deserve nothing less than our deepest gratitude; today, always, and forever.

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Throughout our Nation’s history, ordinary men and women have left the safe bounds of their normal lives to set out to do extraordinary deeds.  These sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers departed their families and the comforts of home to join something greater than themselves, in a noble tradition of patriotism and pride for the purpose of fighting to protect our way of life.

While most are being handed a burger or hot dog off the grill to enjoy on this solemn holiday, somewhere there is a family being handed a folded American flag being told, “On behalf of a grateful nation…”  While many in this Country are celebrating the homecoming of their college friends and family after a long year of study, there will be no homecoming for some who have fought and died in our Country’s battles.  They sacrificed their own homecoming so that others would still have theirs.  These are true heroes, and we owe them much more than one day of solemn remembrance and reverence.

Memorial Day 2015 Facebook.jpgOn this Memorial Day, one of our Nation’s most solemn and revered holidays, we all pause to reflect upon the principles that have made our Nation great.  We pause to remember the true cost of freedom and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  The brave men and women we honor today selflessly gave of themselves to defend a way of life that we all cherish: NEVER FORGET!

Related Content –

Memorial Day History (via usmemorialday.org)

History.com Memorial Day (via The History Channel)

A Memorial Day Message From The VFW (via vfw.org)

Memorial Day – A Pause To Remember (via generalleadership.com)

The True Meaning of Memorial Day (via The Bridge on medium.com)

Reflections on Memorial Day – Past and Present (via The Bridge on medium.com)

Photo Credit:

Memorial Day 2015 Best Soldiers Quotes, Sayings & Images (via http://www.fathersdayrock.com/, accessed 25 May 2015)

This Memorial Day, Pause To Remember (also linked here: http://ow.ly/i/aUfK5/original (via http://www.vfw.org/, accessed 25 May 2015)

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To All Veterans on This Veterans Day…

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

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THANK YOU!!!

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Freedom isn’t free.  Men and women throughout our history have paid the price, sometimes the ultimate price of their lives, to ensure your life of freedom is preserved for you now and long into the future.  On this Veterans Day, we honor…we thank…we celebrate their courage, commitment and sacrifice for us; your fellow Americans.

Thank a Veteran today! Thank them for paving the road to continued freedom and fighting to ensure that our Country’s ideals are secured.  We owe them more than a dedicated day on the calendar.

Freedom Isn’t Free

And, this is why they fight and why we honor:

For freedom, they stand and fight:

Celebrating the Birth of a Nation (July 4, 1776)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

Today, we celebrate the 236th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, the birth of a sovereign Nation and the courageous men who were willing to support and defend its freedom and liberty.  Each citizen of the United States can learn lessons from our Founding Fathers and their vision of a country that would become a beacon for liberty around the World.  Our Nation has faced many external and internal challenges to its freedom and liberty throughout its 236 year history.  But, as a Nation, and as a people, we have overcome the tyranny of our foes and have remained strong.  The foundation that was laid in 1776 is the bedrock of solid ground that will never falter, crack or be replaced.  We celebrate this today, and everyday.  Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

Franklin D. Roosevelt – Flag Day Address

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spirit of man has awakened
The Soul of man has gone forth

Grant us the wisdom and the vision
to comprehend the greatness of man’s Spirit
that suffers and endures so hugely for a goal
beyond his own brief span

We are all of us children of Earth
Grant us that simple knowledge

If our brothers are oppressed,
then we are oppressed

If they hunger, we hunger

If their freedom is taken away,
our freedom is not secure

Grant us a common faith,
that man shall know bread and peace
That he shall know justice and righteousness,
Freedom and security, an equal opportunity,
and an equal chance to do his best,
not only in our own lands, but throughout the world.

And in that faith, let us march, march toward the clean world,
our hands can make. Amen

-Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 14,1942

Source –

Franklin D. Roosevelt – Flag Day Address – via YouTube – Uploaded by on Aug 1, 2010 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJt6GJwkl5A&feature=related and/or http://youtu.be/oJt6GJwkl5A – Accessed 14 June 2012 – YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/

Flag Day – June 14th

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

Forever Be True to the Red, White and Blue

Fly the flag of the United States of America with pride and courage over this land of the free and the home of the brave.

Remembering Our Heroes – Memorial Day 2012

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

Throughout our Nation’s history, ordinary men and women have left the safe bounds of their normal lives to set out to do extraordinary deeds.  These sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers departed their families and the comforts of home to join something greater than themselves, in a noble tradition of patriotism and pride for the purpose of fighting to protect our way of life.

While most are being handed a burger or hot dog off the grill to enjoy on this solemn holiday, somewhere there is a family being handed a folded American flag being told, “On behalf of a grateful nation…”  While many in this Country are celebrating the homecoming of their college friends and family after a long year of study, there will be no homecoming for some who have fought and died in our Country’s battles.  They sacrificed their own homecoming so that others would still have theirs.  These are true heroes, and we owe them much more than one day of solemn remembrance and reverence.

On this Memorial Day, one of our Nation’s most solemn and revered holidays, we all pause to reflect upon the principles that have made our Nation great.  We pause to remember the true cost of freedom and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  The brave men and women we honor today selflessly gave of themselves to defend a way of life that we all cherish: NEVER FORGET!

Related Content –

U.S. Department of Defense – Memorial Day 2012

Memorial Day Message, As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta

Chief of Naval Operations’ Tribute to Sailors – Your American Sailor

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Sends Memorial Day Message

Air Force leaders issue Memorial Day message

Our Soldiers Show Courage Without Limit

Tribute to the Troops (May 2012)

Memorial Day 2012: A Compendium

Memorial Day: Take Pause…The Fallen Deserve At Least That

Memorial Day 2012

Decoration Day

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 28, 2012 by Dale Wilson - Author of Command Performance

Vintage Memorial Day Greeting Card Postcard Scan: beautiful old souvenir card of Memorial Days past to print, public domain copyright free Memorial Day picture of a medal of honor topped by a gold American eagle standing on cannons over a wreath and two American flags, card text reads: Freedom smiles, her fate secure beneath its steadfast stars; click to open this Memorial Day Greeting Post Card by itself to be downloaded or printed.

Decoration Day
 
Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentry’s shot alarms!
 
Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannon’s sudden roar,
Or the drum’s redoubling beat.
 
But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.
 
All is repose and peace,
Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!
 
Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.
 
Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.
 
   — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
 
 
Source –
 
A Memorial Day Poem by Longfellow, From The Atlantic, June 1882 (theatlantic.com)
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