Memorial Monday

Monday, May 30, 2011

I will make this quick. I still have a great deal to do this holiday. I wanted to wish you all happy Memorial Day and to encourage you to take a moment for those whom have gone before.

Wars have always both interested me and confused me. There are reasons when armed conflicts are necessary but still, never welcomed. Then there are wars when you just want to lock the two bullies in a closet and let them duke it out. Leave the rest of us out of it.

It was sometime back when I took a world wind tour of our Nation’s capital that the totality of war hit home for me. Most people visit Arlington to see the eternal flame or the unknowns and are moved, yes they were interesting but for me not so moving. For me it was the hill.

From that hill looking back toward the city moved me and brought my heart up into my throat. All you can see from the hill are small white dots in perfect rhythm, like a sea of tiny white gloved hands saluting you. I froze in awe and a tear fell down my cheek.

It was as if you could hear them whispering, “Thanks for coming, we did this for you.” That hill is where the confusion lifted and regardless of the reasons for the fight, my respect a veteran will always have.

Now every time I hear of some poor smuck bad mouthing our system or protesting for some lame reason, I think of the sea. The Arlington Sea of tiny white gloved hands saluting us, they did it for us. The least we can do is salute back.


I sure hope you are enjoying your long weekend and that the weather where you are is cooperating. We have gone from monsoon to desert. But hey, the mosquitos are having a great time.

Peace….




24 comments:

GigglesandGuns said, 

Love your View from the Hill -- inspiring.

I was the main course at a mosquito family cookout Saturday evening :>(

May 30, 2011 at 7:20 AM  
Gail said, 

Amen!

Wonderful tribute to those who have served. Thank you.

May 30, 2011 at 7:36 AM  
Seams Inspired said, 

What a beautiful tribute. Thanks, Jules! Happy Monday! :o)

May 30, 2011 at 7:52 AM  
Teresa aka JW said, 

Happy Memorial Day! And great post.

May 30, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Karen Walker said, 

A moving tribute, Jules. Amen to this. Enjoy your holiday day.
Karen

May 30, 2011 at 9:08 AM  
Stephen Tremp said, 

A very well done tribute! God Bless our men and women in uniform. And their families too!

May 30, 2011 at 10:22 AM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

It is a powerful scene. Happy Memorial Day, Jules.

May 30, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Elle Strauss said, 

A very moving post. Enjoy your day!

May 30, 2011 at 11:54 AM  
Melissa Bradley said, 

Such a beautiful tribute. I choked up reading your words. I have never been to Arlington and hope to someday.

May 30, 2011 at 12:18 PM  
Karen Lange said, 

Love your angle on this, and you are so right. Alex C. commented on my blog today by saying that "Freedom isn't free." How true this is! I am grateful to live in this country.

Blessings for your week!

:) Karen

May 30, 2011 at 12:29 PM  
N. R. Williams said, 

Hi Jules,
I get that feeling at the local veterans cemetery where my father-in-law is buried. I hate war too.

I read your just so you know post too. Glad that you are safe. Don't get bit by the mosquitos. Water Babies works great to protect from the sun and the bugs. I found that out by accident when the kids were little.

May 30, 2011 at 12:45 PM  
Blasphemous Aesthete said, 

Wars, whatever the reasons might be, we've always lost precious lives of family, friends, acquaintances and strangers. And who if not us, did they lay down their lives for. Yes they did it for us, they deserve respect and gratitude and an acknowledgement of their sacrifices.

Regards,
Blasphemous Aesthete

May 30, 2011 at 1:48 PM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

Beautiful tribute.

Happy Memorial Day. :)

May 30, 2011 at 4:26 PM  
Corine said, 

Jules, I have felt sort of guilty for not writing a Memorial Day post. I'm afraid taking care of mom has just caused the calendar to be quite ignored. :o Your tribute to our country, and the good men who have sacrificed to keep it free was good to read. THANK YOU! :) (And thanks for your visit today. :)
Corine :D

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May 31, 2011 at 3:01 AM  
Manzanita said, 

I like the honest angle in which you approach your visit. Hope your week end was complete with family and friends.
Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

May 31, 2011 at 9:48 AM  
Ella said, 

Thanks for sharing your view. I have not been there, but hubby wants to be buried there. I have helped the cub scouts put flags on the grave stones at NAS Pensacola and it was moving.
So many stones and it really struck you. For me it was a sea of white with tiny American Flags waving. I still can see it in my mind's eye; it moves me~ Thanks Jules for being YOU!

May 31, 2011 at 9:54 AM  
floweringmama said, 

Beautiful post. Sorry I'm a day late reading it. My oldest son and his girlfriend and my parents are coming in for Ranger's 5th grade graduation and I've been cooking up a storm!

May 31, 2011 at 12:08 PM  
Summer Ross said, 

Jules- Thanks for your comments on my blog! This post was very touching- thank you for sharing it with us. Have a terrific week my friend.

May 31, 2011 at 12:59 PM  
Talli Roland said, 

Hope you had a good Memorial Day!

May 31, 2011 at 1:03 PM  
Tammy said, 

Wow. You created such a vivid and heartbreaking picture here. Beautiful. Hope it was a nice day.

May 31, 2011 at 5:46 PM  
Deila said, 

Nice tribute, well written.

May 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM  
Samantha VĂ©rant said, 

My mom, who I am really proud of, is putting together a Yoga program for the vets, some who have lost limbs. It really helps them – both men and women – to destress and get their heads together.

June 1, 2011 at 6:14 AM  
Robotic Palletizers said, 

I too had a crazy Memorial Day with BBQs and getting the kids ready for the beach. I think we get too caught up in the fact that it's a day off of work and school, that we don't have the time to really appreciate the history of that day. Nice post and taking the time to pay respects.

June 1, 2011 at 6:08 PM  
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