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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Remembering…

Hello dear friends! I do hope you are surrounded by family on this long holiday weekend.

We are on our third week of overcast and stormy conditions here. Which recently made my youngest quip “It’ s like England but without the good parts like the Queen or London.” Indeed!

As a retired military family the Memorial Day weekend, for us,  is not just about water sports and picnics.

Generally we try to visit a cemetery to pay our respects to those who paid the ultimate price.

As a family we have been incredibly lucky.

Both of my grandfathers came back safely from WWII, as did my uncle, and my cousins from Vietnam and Desert Shield.

Mr. Decor of course returned safely from the Gulf War and the Kosovo Campaign.

But we know many who haven’t.

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(Sweet Guy and the Mr. paying respects to friends at Arlington.)

I still remember when Memorial Day changed for me.

Even though it has been over 14 years since I visited the Lorraine American Cemetery in St. Avold, France. I still remember.

I remember that as my family and I walked up the gravel drive to the entrance of the cemetery we were greeted by very elderly (80’s and 90’s) French citizens dressed in their Sunday best. Some were in wheelchairs, a few had walkers, but those who could stood, saluted and thanked us, as American’s for their freedom.

I remember the 10,489 American graves.

It is the largest number of graves of American WWII soldiers in Europe.

But mainly I remember the THIRTY sets of brothers buried here.

I think about their families, particularly their mothers, that lost all of their children.

The mothers who were never able to visit their children’s graves due to the distance and cost of travel.

I think about those who are buried, known only to God.

Sigh, I know it’s not something we want to think about.

But I am so grateful to the many men and women who truly make Memorial Day what it is and I always say a prayer for their families left behind.

I am thankful to my cousins, Carolyn and Jim, who also remember. They placed flowers at my grandfathers grave in Minnesota.

The entire family of retired Master Sergeant Eric C. Gunn thanks the many for their faithful service and for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” ~ John 15:13

I’ll return on Tuesday.

Laura

17 comments :

happywonderer.com said...

Wonderful tribute for this Memorial Day weekend!

Denise said...

You have made me cry, Laura. This is a beautiful tribute. Please give Eric a "Thank You" from us for his unselfish service to our country.

Blessings,

Denise at Forest Manor

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

This is a beautiful post. Thank you.

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Beautiful pots Laura. a lovely tribute for all who gave their lives. Thanks for sharing such an important tribute.

Barbara Borowy said...

Thank you for your beautiful tribute to America's finest.
Barbara

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I have not been touched personally by war, but I am touched by this post. A very nice tribute to those who have served.

Celestina Marie said...

Beautiful tribute Laura!! Wishing you many blessings. xo

Marilyn said...

Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

Marilyn {in Dallas}

lynn cockrell said...

What a beautiful Memorial Day post, Laura! I feel so very blessed that my husband, a Vietnam veteran, came back to us alive and well. May we never forget those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Auntie Em said...

A very tender and touching post. Hopefully someday all our children and their children, and children all over the world, will know peace and safety in their lifetime so they never have to lose another man or woman to war.

craftyles said...

WHat a lovely tribute, Laura. I so enjoyed reading it today. Thanks for reminding us what this day is all about!

deborah said...

What lovely remembrances! I am so grateful for those who have fought and sacrificed to protect others and freedom.

Kelley Dibble said...

Before we left Manila this month, we visited the world's largest overseas American Military Cemetery at Ft. Bonifacio in Global City. It's truly our favorite place and one of our greatest tributes to those who gave their lives for our freedom to take our guests there to pay their respects. On that very hill the blood ran in the streets during World War II. Today, when you walk on the hallowed grounds, you walk on the US soil that was shipped in for the cemetery. We always leave there feeling a deep sense of gratitude.

I'll never forget saying to our group, "Wouldn't it be something if you found a relative here?" I looked down at a cross and etched into it was "Ace Dibble" of Washington State. Whoa. That was an unforgettable experience.

Happy Memorial Day, our 35th wedding anniversary. Aloha from Hawai'i!
Kelley~

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Thank You.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Laura,
What a beautiful and touching post! I want to THANK YOU for your husband's and your entire family's service to our country! Without them, none of us would be living the lives that we live!! My Dad was a Master Sargent in the Army during WWII and Joe's Dad was a Mariene in the Korean War and a Purple Heart Recipient having been wounded twice......
Thanks so much for visiting!!

Hugs,
Deb

Bonnie said...

Beautiful post, Laura. Very touching.

Pondside said...

That was a lovely post.
After visiting several Canadian and Commonwealth war grave memorials in the Netherlands and Belgium and France one can't help but be changed, as well.