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REMEMBERING

May 28, 2015 — Leave a comment

This past Monday, we in the U.S. celebrated Memorial Day. A day set aside to remember those who paid the ultimate price in any of the many conflicts the U.S. has seen down through the years.

In many communities flags will be placed at the gravesites of those brave women and men who gave of their own lives while serving. It’s also a time for veterans to think about their fallen friends and loved ones. Maybe those who served next to them in conflict and for families to tell the stories of their fallen loved ones once again.

Most of the year we are so busy running from appointment to appointment. It’s good for us to take time, to stop and remember the price that has been paid for our freedom.

I find it a great time to also reflect on the price that was paid to purchase my salvation.

The caption that accompanies the image of today reads: “You bet I’m goin’ to be a soldier, too, like my Uncle David, when I grow up.”

Whether or not you had a meal with family and/or friends, we hope you celebrated the day in a special way.

And remembered.DecorationDayMcCutcheon

soildersWe recently were able to catch the new Star Trek movie in the newest theater in our town. Though it’s been open nearly a year, this was our first time in the new place. We enjoyed our experience!

I was pleasantly surprised by the handling of the material in the new movie, with the younger characters they were able to pull off a pre-quel of sorts that actually worked. Familiar characters (if you’re a Trek fan) were woven through the entire script. And some actually favored their former counterparts.

One scene took me back to a former episode with Spock dying after sacrificing himself “for the good of the many.” Just prior to that he had melded with Dr. McCoy and simply said, “Remember.”

I know yesterday was Memorial Day for us in the U.S., but I’d like us to remember again today those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice – not in a movie, but in reality with their own lives. Some lost brothers, some lost sisters. Some lost parents, others lost children. Many of us lost friends.

May we always remember the price paid for our freedoms that we enjoy. And in the same way remember the One who willingly gave of himself so that we might be free for all eternity.

So take another day, on me, and remember.

For all those who have served and from all of us who have served. Thanks.

Memorial DayFrom our friends at Wikipedia:

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

By the early 20th century, Memorial Day was an occasion for more general expressions of memory, as people visited the graves of their deceased relatives in church cemeteries, whether they had served in the military or not. It also became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and national media events.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountains. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with kinfolk and others. There often is a religious service and a “dinner on the ground,” the traditional term for a potluck meal in which people used to spread the dishes out on sheets or tablecloths on the grass. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, living or dead.

So this day, as you celebrate with family and friends the first long weekend that kicks off summer, pause, if only briefly, to remember those who have been killed in the many conflicts and wars we seem to take for granted. And also remember that freedom is never free.

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May 24, 2013 — Leave a comment

graveI realized that we’ve been telling you in a wrong way that we’re coming up on our 300th post. Not so much so many days away, as it is just a few posts away.

Anyway, to celebrate the devoted followers and readers who have come alongside us as we put out this stuff 5 days each week, we’ve got more FREE music.

We can all use a little more FREE stuff in our lives these days. So there you go and be watching next week as we ramp up to the big celebration!

Have a great and safe Memorial Day weekend and pause to remember.