by user Jaxhawk
   Please pray for our Patriot Armed Forces standing in harm’s way around the world, and for their families, especially those of our fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, who have died in defense of American liberty while prosecuting the war with Jihadistan.
Today we observe the brave military men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we could enjoy the freedoms and liberty we have today. It is for too many, just another day off work to drink the favorite beverage, stuff ourselves with barbecue and have fun. Not enough people remember or even try to think what this day represents.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day.
There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920).
While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it's difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.
The important fact is that it was a day dedicated to giving honor to those who gave their lives in War. When I was a child the veterans of foreign wars stood on all street corners in Milwaukee, Wisconsin handing out red paper poppies for donations to military hospitals.
This practice has long since been abandoned, but it brings to mind a poem by Moina Michael. In Flanders Fields
"We cherish too, the Poppy red That grows on fields where valor led, It seems to signal to the skies That blood of heroes never dies."
Tragically wars must be fought and men and women in uniform do die. Below is just a small list of the days and wars that we all should thank God we as an individual did not have to die in, as these scared but brave military people did.
Battle of Meuse-Argonne: 26,277 KIA (WWI) Battle of Gettysburg: 7,058 (Civil War) Pearl Harbor: 2,403 (12/7/41) D-Day Invasion of Europe: 2,500 KIA Total for Battle of Normandy: 9,386 KIa Okinawa: 7,613 on the island, 4,907 at sea(total KIA 12,520) Korean War : 36,568 KIA Vietnam: 58,177 KIA Iraq: 3,455 to date KIA
As you can see Winston Churchil said it correctly when he uttered these words: "Never have so many owed so much to so few".
I would add that we many owe so much to so many who died for our right to enjoy this Memorial Day! Take a minute and say a prayer to whoever you worship to thank these brave souls, or at least take a minute to remember their sacrifice.