I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Memorial Day

 The last words are said.  The bugler pierces the air with the mournful notes of Taps.  The crowd flinches as 7 soldiers fire their rifles into the air 3 times.  The flag is folded in solemn respect and then handed to the next of kin.  So goes the burial of a soldier and if you have ever witnessed this, you know how it stirs your soul.  MEMORIAL DAY remembers the fallen warriors.  Memorial Day honors those who gave all.   Memorial Day celebrates our freedoms, our rights and our way of life that is possible because these men and women in uniform made the ultimate sacrifice.  Let’s honor their service by remembering, giving them all of our respect and never forgetting what has transpired to keep our country safe.  Following is a listing of wars we have been involved in and the number of casualties:


American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783)                     25,000


War of 1812 (1812 – 1815)                                                     20,000


Mexican-American War (1846 – 1848)                                13,283


American Civil War (1861 – 1865)                                        620,000


Spanish American War (1898)                                               2,446


World War I  (1917 – 1918)                                                     116,516


World War II (1939 – 1945)                                                    405,399


Korean War (1950 – 1953)                                                      36,516


Vietnam War (1965 – 1973)                                                   58,209


Gulf War (1990 – 1991)                                                            258


War on Terror (2001 – Present)                                           7,075

We should barbeque, and head for the lake and celebrate our lives and all that is America this weekend.  We will just do it knowing we have all of them to thank that we can. 

On this day…


1431 – Convicted of witchcraft and heresy, Joan of Arc is burned at the stake


1868 – Decoration Day is observed for the first time – this is the precursor to Memorial Day and honored the fallen from the Civil War


1911 – Ray Haroun wins the first Indy 500


1922 – The Lincoln Memorial is dedicated


1971 – Mariner 9 leaves for its mission to photograph Mars


2020 – NASA and SpaceX send astronauts Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken to the International Space Station

Happy Birthday to…


Peter Carl Faberge – 1846- Made some beautiful eggs


Countee Cullen – 1903 – Poet and author during the Harlem Renaissance


Benny Goodman – 1909 – Bandleader and Clarinetist who could really jazz things up


Joseph William Kennedy – 1916 – One of the discoverers of Plutonium


Gale Sayers – 1943 – Youngest player to be inducted into the football Hall of Fame – he set all kinds of records for touchdowns and yards rushed.  His friendship with Bears teammate Brian Piccolo will be forever immortalized in the tearjerker “Brian’s Song”


Wynonna Judd – 1964 – Successful Country Singer who made a good sound with her mom and as a soloist


Marissa Mayer – This software engineer had a hand in starting Google and would become CEO of Yahoo! Inc.

Enjoy the day and make it your own

Most Awesome God, Your Word says… that no greater love than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  We thank you for these brave men and women who did just that and ask that you receive them into Your loving arms.  Comfort their loved ones with the thoughts that they finished what was asked of them and that you would hold their grief and sadness in your hands as you wrap your loving arms around them.  We give our respect and undying gratitude to those who gave all.  In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Thank you to National Day Calendar; National Today; History.com; Britannica.com; Wikipedia; statista.com


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