Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day 2006

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. ~Winston Churchill


The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's tree. ~Thomas Campbell

“In memory of those who served, all gave some, some gave all.”~unknown


Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland


In Loving Memory of Ron, We miss you!
Ronald R. Coleman, 75, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at Manor Care Nursing Home. Born March 3, 1929, in Beaver, he was the son of the late Robert and Mary Coleman and was a retired Army major. His burial was in Arlington National Cemetery.



Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday that is observed on the last Monday of May (scheduled next for May 29, 2006). It was formerly known as Decoration Day. This holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who died in military service for their country. It began first to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. ~ Wikipedia

"...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime....let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan." ~General John Logan


These heroes are dead. They died for liberty - they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, and under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars - they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

2 Comments:

Blogger Peter said...

Hi, I have just popped in to say thankyou for your visit to holtieshouse and the message you left for my birthday, the overwhelming response to which has me truly humbled, please call in anytime you are in my area.

May 29, 2006 5:55 PM  
Blogger Skunkfeathers said...

One good visit deserves another ;-)

A fine, moving tribute, Raggedy. One I fully agree with. On my website (as opposed to my blog), I did my thoughts on Memorial Day in '05. This year, I let the posted photos speak more eloquently than I ever could.

My condolences for your lost friend; and my respect and thanks for his service on behalf of all of us.

I'll drop by again.

June 01, 2006 12:16 AM  

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