With gratitude…Memorial Day 2017

 

Sharing in a longstanding tradition of paying tribute to those who lost their lives fighting for freedom,  more than 5,000 Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts placed American flags on the graves of over 88,000 veterans Saturday morning. The flag placement preceded other commemorative events which took place at the Los Angeles National Cemetery.

The scouts are made aware that their freedom is maintained by the dedication and sacrifices of others. As they approach each grave, the scouts read the name of the veteran aloud, places an American flag in the ground, observes a brief moment of silence….and salutes each fallen patriot.  Within an hour, the entire cemetery is decorated with thousands of American flags. Most importantly, the lesson of gratitude and the knowledge that freedom isn’t free, will stay with these young scouts throughout their lives.

The flags will remain in place until Tuesday, when the scouts will return to retrieve them and place them in storage for use next year.

On this Memorial Day, e invite you to listen to this moving rendition ofTaps played by the U.S. Marine Band.

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4 Responses to With gratitude…Memorial Day 2017

  1. Army Of One says:

    These scouts are fortunate to have the guidance they do. The rest of us are also the recipients of this pro-America instruction, since these kids will have an understanding of the need to be ever vigilant in protecting our freedoms. Unfortunately, too few grasp this basic concept today since it has never been taught to them.

  2. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Thank you, SRAZ for this touching tribute to our brave Americans who fought and died for this great country.

    President Trump laid the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. For the first time in eight years, I know our president today cares.

  3. Conservative Since Birth says:

    A Memorial Day Poem

    He was getting old and paunchy
    And his hair was falling fast,
    And he sat around the Legion,
    Telling stories of the past.

    Of a war that he once fought in
    And the deeds that he had done,
    In his exploits with his buddies;
    They were heroes, every one.

    And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
    His tales became a joke,
    All his buddies listened quietly
    For they knew where of he spoke.

    But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
    For ol’ Joe has passed away,
    And the world’s a little poorer
    For a Soldier died today.

    He won’t be mourned by many,
    Just his children and his wife.
    For he lived an ordinary,
    Very quiet sort of life.

    He held a job and raised a family,
    Going quietly on his way;
    And the world won’t note his passing,
    ‘Tho a Soldier died today.

    When politicians leave this earth,
    Their bodies lie in state,
    While thousands note their passing,
    And proclaim that they were great.

    Papers tell of their life stories
    From the time that they were young
    But the passing of a Soldier
    Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

    Is the greatest contribution
    To the welfare of our land,
    Some jerk who breaks his promise
    And cons his fellow man?

    Or the ordinary fellow
    Who in times of war and strife,
    Goes off to serve his country
    And offers up his life?

    The politician’s stipend
    And the style in which he lives,
    Are often disproportionate,
    To the service that he gives.

    While the ordinary Soldier,
    Who offered up his all,
    Is paid off with a medal
    And perhaps a pension, small.

    It is not the politicians
    With their compromise and ploys,
    Who won for us the freedom
    That our country now enjoys.

    Should you find yourself in danger,
    With your enemies at hand,
    Would you really want some cop-out,
    With his ever waffling stand?

    Or would you want a Soldier
    His home, his country, his kin,
    Just a common Soldier,
    Who would fight until the end.

    He was just a common Soldier,
    And his ranks are growing thin,
    But his presence should remind us
    We may need his likes again.

    For when countries are in conflict,
    We find the Soldier’s part
    Is to clean up all the troubles
    That the politicians start.

    If we cannot do him honor
    While he’s here to hear the praise,
    Then at least let’s give him homage
    At the ending of his days.

    Perhaps just a simple headline
    In the paper that might say:

    “OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
    A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.”

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    In case our media fails to do their job—–

    Today, President Trump and Vice President Pence at Arlington:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4552308/Trump-salutes-fallen-Memorial-Day-tweets.html

    Also,
    a great story re: today at Arlington on thegatewaypundit.com

    Yesterday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson showed up with thousands of proud Americans at Rolling Thunder in D.C. in his leathers.
    Compare and contrast that image with the one of John Kerry riding a girl’s pink bicycle on Martha’s Vineyard during his time in office
    and
    Hillary Clinton presenting Russia with a plastic reset button or a thousand other embarrassing and UnAmerican things that she has done over the years.

    Today, Hillary is walking in a parade in New York.
    It is raining.
    She is carrying an umbrella.
    And wearing her blue tinted anti-seizure sunglasses that we have seen previously.
    Thanks be to God for saving US from Hillary.