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May 29, 2004

Light A Candle

On Memorial Day, it is fitting that we remember the price paid to secure our country and protect her interests. And as we reflect, those thoughts should not make us dissolve into a puddle of fear, doubt, and self-loathing.

When they faced the enemy, they did not back down. How can we, secure in our homes and neighborhoods, so shame the memories of the men and women who have served us so well?

It is a heavy price, but it is not more than we can bear. After all, they have borne far more for our sakes. If we fail them: if we falter now, when we are so close to achieving what they fought and died for, then they have died for nothing. Do we not owe them something - perhaps a small measure of the courage they displayed on the battlefield? Can we not stiffen our spines and dismiss the naysayers, the doubters, the cynics, the media who are sleeping with the enemy?

This Memorial Day when you sit down to celebrate with family and friends, I ask each of you to light a candle in memory of our armed forces: those who died in this conflict or in past wars, those who are wounded, those who fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, our coalition allies, for whom we should thank God - what would this world be without friends in time of need?

I will be saying a little prayer:

Dear Lord:
On this Memorial Day, gather gently the souls of the fallen. Shelter them under Your loving arm, as they protected us during their time on earth. Comfort their families. Send them happy memories and replace their tears with the peace of knowing their dear ones are in Your care. Anoint the wounded with the balm of Your love: ease their pain and speed their healing.
For those on the battlefield, we ask courage and strength to face the trials and dangers of war. Hold them safely in the palm of Your hand and grant them safe return to their families. And if they must fall, may Your light shine upon them to guide the way home.
We thank you for our brave coalition allies, who defied a storm of world opinion to stand with us in this fight. Bless our leaders with wisdom and courage. Give them strength to withstand those who would undermine them during this difficult time. But above all, make us worthy of the sacrifice made on our behalf by our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. Help us to live up to the ideals they fought and died for.
And never let us forget their service or their sacrifice.

- Cassandra

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We have a little thing going with the 2/2 along the same lines Cass. The guys got two days R&R but will be back in the field tomorrow. Fortunately we all got to speak with our sons this weekend and one of the 2/2 Moms came up with the idea of us lighting candles at 2000 Baghdad time. We passed the info on to our sons so for that one moment in time, no matter where they are or what they are doing, they will know and feel the love and support from home. If only for a fleeting, brief moment in time.

So tomorrow at 1200 EST we will stand around our little candle and send our thoughts, prayers, and feelings of pride, love, and support across a vast expanse of this earth to ones that are doing what needs to be done!

God Bless Them!
OooRah!

Posted by: JarheadDad at May 29, 2004 11:13:34 AM

And get those Stars and Stripes flying, or I will sic OUTRAGED on you.

Posted by: spd rdr at May 29, 2004 11:23:21 AM

Fly the Flag, remember the fallen, and pray for the living to return.

Finish the job, boys.

Posted by: Purple Raider at May 29, 2004 1:42:29 PM

JHD: I'll try to remember to do the same - let's see - that's 9 am my time. Lord knows I have enough candles around this place - I love candles and I need to use them up before we move.

They don't travel well. What a nice idea. I'm going to cover my Memorial Day table with them, since I'm probably going to be the only one sitting at it! (unless I can get something going in the neighborhood) Maybe I can get Sausage to sit up at the other end of the table :)

Posted by: Cassandra at May 29, 2004 5:55:42 PM

Thanx Cass. Been kind of a tough weekend for JarheadMom with our anniversary and her birthday and all. The kids have been just great but I've caught her a time or time looking for that "lonely spot". I'm sure you know what I mean. We had a good cookout and the family plus a few have kept the comedy rolling. Good day!

Then I made a major mistake! I got on the computer! Growl. Have you read the cover story for the Marine Times yet? Right before the holiday? Just dam*! Like we don't already know that this deployment will probably be extended. We knew that at Christmas so why print that story now? Aw geez! I think its time for another media break.

Oh well, since I ran out of Harp's it's time to dig into the Killian's Irish Red. That'll perk me up! And make me chase JarheadMom around the house. Nice side effects! he-he!

Posted by: JarheadDad at May 29, 2004 7:42:14 PM

JHD:

Sufficient unto the day, Big Guy. Never borrow trouble, heya? If it makes you feel any better, Papa Btry's on their way over there to relieve somebody and most of the rest of the Unit's regiment is going too. Help is on the way - they're scrambling like mad to put it all together.

Go chase your lady and put a smile on her face :)

Posted by: Cassandra at May 29, 2004 7:49:57 PM

Cass,
May I just offer something here? While our son was not in uniform, he did do what his dad told him to do while he was gone, and I was feeling pretty blue with the holiday coming up, and my sister called me. She and her husband are going to Jonathan's grave to put some flowers on it, and she told me she would put a bouquet there for us, and have a short
ceremony because we are unable to get to his grave right now.

I sat there, with the tears streaming down my cheeks, full of gratitude for their remembrance that I am unable to fulfil at this time, and it hit me that I could do that here, for someone else's son or daughter...remember them and thank them for their service, and that they are not forgotten, and will never be, as long as the guardians of freedom are still needed.

To all veterans living, thank you. To all who have passed on, we will not forget, and we honor you sacrifice and your service.

Posted by: La Femme Crickita at May 30, 2004 8:56:18 AM

Cricket,

I don't know if you will ever see this, but today I sent up a little prayer for Jonathan again.

God bless you :)

Posted by: Cass at May 30, 2005 7:14:32 PM