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Memorial Day With Gratitude

Memorial-DayJust stopping by for a quick minute to tell you how my day began.

It’s been pouring rain. I thought our Memorial Day remembrance by the lake would not happen. (Oh me of little faith!)

But God cleared the sky for a short time so we could stop…to remember the sacrifices of our heroes and their families.

I was moved to tears as the High School band played the Star Spangled Banner. (Yes, our flag is still there. In spite of wars and rumors of wars.)

Tears were still in my eyes as the VFW honor guard stood at attention. As many in the crowd saluted or had their hands over their hearts throughout the remembrance time. (They honored the flag of our country.) The raising of the flag by our local Boy Scouts (but only to half mast…to honor the fallen). That prayer by the Chaplain of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). The prayer included honoring by Name our Lord Jesus. Openly. Without hindrance. Another reason for tears of gratitude: for wonderful small town Iowa with its “old-fashioned values”!

And then the band played TAPS. More tears. More emotions of gratitude. More hands over the hearts. I am thankful for those in Clear Lake, Iowa who organized the remembrance.

I’m glad I stopped to remember today. I wanted to share my joy with you.

Yes this is celebrated as a HOLIDAY in the United States, but there is a reason why we have a “holiday” to celebrate. Today, I am not taking that freedom for granted. It came with great price.

I am thankful to God for stopping the heavy rain long enough for us to draw together as a community and remember with gratitude those that suffered much so we could stand there today FREE to do so.  THANK YOU seems small for such a great gift!

12 Comments »

  1. Thank you for this encouraging article, Pam.

    I have been thinking alot about my Dad today and how his life was radically impacted by his WWII experience. I was thinking about how he freely served our country, not giving a second thought to the danger he was placed in. Duty, honor work and service were of high value to him. When he talked about the war, he spoke of being grateful to God for where He placed my Dad. He was a Sargent in charge of mail and recreation. This allowed him to be very people connective and encourage many men as he did his duty of bringing soldiers mail from home and helping them stay encouraged through recreation and sports. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater and was often in jungles, clearing land by hand for temporary airstrips. He never mentioned the intense heat, rampant diseases, constant danger, lack of supplies, monotony of food. His attitude was positive in spite of hardship. Through out his entire life, he maintained that positive attitude in spite of many health issues. Along with
    many whose Dad’s and Grandfathers and Uncles who served in WWI and WWII, I am extremely grateful to have learned from and known these quiet and often unrecognized servants of the USA. They are true heroes. Protectors of love and freedom!

    Comment by Sharen Kreitsch

  2. Sharen, your response is so honoring to your Dad. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. Very special! Bless you bunches!

    Comment by Pam Taylor

  3. So beautiful! WOW!

    Comment by Shelly

  4. Shelly, thank you! Glad you liked it! 🙂

    Comment by Pam Taylor

  5. This is very beautiful.

    Comment by MaryLou Caskey

  6. Thanks, Marylou. Memorial Day should be EVERY day, huh?

    Comment by Pam Taylor

  7. My patriotic heart is thumping to the beat of the marching band as I read your post. We have lived in three military towns and have many close friends in the service. Sadly we buried one in Arlington Cemetery a few years ago. Charlie was the cream of the crop – a good to the bone American soldier. I’m sorry my freedom cost him his life.

    Recently at the Liberty University Commencement they had the active military stand. Just so happens the guy sitting next to me stood. I wanted to grab him and hug him tight (maybe weep a little too). I restrained myself – but did give him a gentle pat to his knee and whispered “thank you.” That didn’t feel like enough. I wanted to do more. “What can I do to show him my gratitude?” I wondered. I had $40 in my pocket – I could slip him a $20. No that seemed almost insulting. Wish I had a Benjamin. I could give him the $40 . . . but it seemed sort of an odd amount. “Lord if this is you, give me a sign,” I prayed. Just then I happened to look down at my program and saw the words “40th” Commencement in bold print. Ha! So when the program was over I turned to him and said, “God told me to give you this. I wish it was more but it is all I have on me.” Then my self restraint flew out the window and I hugged him and kissed him on the cheek. (He looks my son’s age so I figured it was safe). He was speechless and a bit awkward. I smiling about it right now as I remember. Love me some soldiers, oh yes I do.

    Comment by Kinsey

  8. Oh, Kinsey, I LOVE your story. That is just so cool how you heard the voice of God and blessed that young man. How cool of God to have you bring the exact amount with you that would be meaningful and a blessing. I have this great picture in my head as you grabbed the soldier and hugged him and kissed his cheek and blessed him with a gift from the FATHER. // But…I’m also SAD to read that one of your friends had to give the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE of his life…for ours! Bless you for your sweet heart for soldiers! I love that you’re not afraid to SHOW IT! 🙂

    Comment by Pam Taylor

  9. I am always encouraged by he heart of patriotism in the United States of America. My father and several other family members served in the military and we are fortunate to have most of them still with us. The freedom we live as Americans is a great tribute to those who have gone on before us serving to allow us to be able to do so. Wonderful post Pam!

    Comment by Kim Hawkins

  10. Kim, we do indeed live in a country that is full of patriots that have served their country well. You are privileged to be related to some of them! 🙂 And they are privileged for your gratefulness. 🙂

    Comment by Pam Taylor

  11. Thank you so much for this deep reflection. We had a chance to go to the local military cemetery last week – it’s a real time to think about how many people gave their LIVES so that I could have mine. And it’s still going on, with our young people putting themselves in danger daily.

    Comment by Carl

  12. Hi Carl, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. We do indeed have so much to be grateful for because of the dedication of our military. I like that you said you had a “chance” to go to the local military cemetery. Lovely thought!

    Comment by Pam Taylor

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