It’s Memorial Day here in the US, and as the daughter of a Marine and friend of some deployed military folks, it’s a day to pause, give thanks, and remember.   That’s my personal favorite way to see Old Glory fly, hoisted between two different fire trucks’ raised ladders.  That grand old flag was gifted to Charlottesville Fire Department, and it flew on a carrier that was deployed in the Middle East. 

I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day.  I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it.  We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.  ~Benjamin Harrison

Freedom isn’t free, and I send up a special prayer for those serving today.  In my mind, that includes not just the men and women in the military, but their families who carry on without them here at home.  I’ll be raising a glass at my father’s photo, at Pop’s and at Dae’s later this evening, and we’re certainly enjoying the day off from work!

Any special plans for you today?

Edited to add – The fur-girls did their own post for Memorial Day.

This entry was posted in Family.

8 comments on “Valour

  1. gMarie says:

    So well said – echos my thoughts perfectly! g

  2. km says:

    Yes…freedom isn’t free. I posted a Trace Adkins song on my FB. It’t a great song…but I’m sad about how I found it. Apparently, the President decided to take a vacation instead of being at the Arlington service today. Somehow I expected more of our Commander in Chief. Maybe that’s because I come from a military family. It’s left me a bit irked today.

  3. Bubblesknits says:

    Well, the ribs are in the oven cooking, Dr. Tooth is outside fishing, and my parental unit is heading this way with the makings for margaritas. Looks to be a fabulous day. 🙂 Hope you have a good Memorial Day!

  4. Terrie says:

    Wonderful post! I really like the photo and quote.

  5. Yup…it is good to take a day to remember and to thank those whose service we too often take for granted. My father served in the Navy, my brother as a Marine, and several young friends are currently serving in the various branches of the military. I thank them, and God, for their willingness to do so.

  6. Nichole says:

    I absolutely LOVE that photo! Great post!

  7. Cat says:

    Amen, sister. My father was a career Army officer who served in 3 wars. I love the Benjamin Harrison quote, Chan. Thanks.

  8. Kathy says:

    Perfect post and you’re absolutely correct, Freedom is NOT free!

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