The real meaning of Memorial Day

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by bikebum1975, May 24, 2009.

  1. bikebum1975

    bikebum1975 Member

    Let remember the real meaning of Memorial Day. For the Soldiers that can't be with thei loved ones and those that are no longer here. To all those that have and are serving thank you all for your service.


    I watched the flag pass by one day,
    It fluttered in the breeze.
    A young Service man saluted it,
    And then he stood at ease.

    I looked at him in uniform
    So young, so tall, so proud,
    With hair cut square and eyes alert
    He'd stand out in any crowd.

    I thought how many men like him
    Had fallen through the years.
    How many died on foreign soil
    How many mothers' tears?

    How many pilots' planes shot down?
    How many died at sea
    How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
    No, freedom isn't free.

    I heard the sound of Taps one night,
    When everything was still,
    I listened to the bugler play
    And felt a sudden chill.

    I wondered just how many times
    That Taps had meant "Amen,"
    When a flag had draped a coffin.
    Of a brother or a friend.

    I thought of all the children,
    Of the mothers and the wives,
    Of fathers, sons and husbands
    With interrupted lives.

    I thought about a graveyard
    At the bottom of the sea
    Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
    No, freedom isn't free.

    LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG - Copyright 1981

  2. RdKryton

    RdKryton Active Member

    I can't improve on that. Thanks to all the members of our military past and present.

    Last edited: May 24, 2009
  3. KilroyCD

    KilroyCD Active Member

  4. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    we owe them much
  5. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    to remember today
    to pray many times today for these brave souls who gave their lives for our freedom