Monday, May 27, 2013

Remembering to Thank Our Heroes


Remembering those who gave everything
Today: Honor, Remember, and Thank all who have served to protect the freedoms and rights of mankind.

As a child I recall everyone in our town wore a poppy on their lapel, Memorial Day was called Decoration Day and one wonderful teacher shared the Flanders Fields poem with us and I was listening. It has never left me

In Flanders Fields
John McCrae, 1915.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Tomorrow, cities and towns across the U.S. will observe Memorial Day. There is a somber mood in the parades that will be held in many towns.  These days we pause to recognize all of our American Fallen Heroes, those who paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedoms.


 Our town parade lead by soldiers and veterans of war will march  to the music of bagpipes being played by local pipers. They march in honor of the fallen who died in preserving the rights we hold dear.  As the veterans pass , many stand to salute them, the soulful song, Amazing Grace always brings tears to many in the crowd watching, saluting, and cheering the groups passing before them. The hook and ladder truck donning an American flag moves past and reminds many of the selfless heroes who ran in to the twin towers to save innocent victims. Then, suddenly, the entire high school marching band assembles in their sparkling uniforms and with the wave of the conductor's  hand, begin a spirited medley of patriotic tunes that lifts the crowd to their feet once again to clap, sing and tap their toes. The crowd moves along with the last of the paraders to the park where scouts are waiting to place flags at the town memorial. I never miss the Parade, it's an opportunity to thank a Veteran our fallen. Thank you for Service and for protecting our freedoms.