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We Remember You – 15 Memorial Day Quotes 2018

We remember you. Your life, your love, your duty, your sacrifice. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have lost their lives defending our country and our freedom. As my one friend Tammy said today, ” There will be many people with an empty seat at the table on Memorial Day.” Let us remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country and give honor where honor is due.

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We Remember You – 15 Memorial Day Quotes 2018

  1. “Memorial Day is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the sacrifices of the more than one million Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen who have made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom.” – General Norton Schwartz
  2. “We must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” J. F. Kennedy
  3. “And I’m proud to be an American,
    where at least I know I’m free.
    And I won’t forget the men who died,
    who gave that right to me:” – Lee Greenwood
  4. “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children through the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same” – Ronald Regan
  5. “And they who for their country die shall fill an honred grave,
    for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” – Joseph Rodman Drake
  6. “Let every nation know whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.” – J. F. Kennedy
  7. “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” – Thomas Paine
  8. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”  – google tJohn 15:13
  9. “May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”  – Peter Marshall
  10. “A nation that does not honor its heros will not long endure.” – Abraham Lincoln
  11. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”  – Elmer Davis
  12. ” A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” – Joseph Campbell
  13. “It is foolish and wong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.” – George S Patton
  14. “A soldier doesn’t fight because of what is in front of him – he fights because he loves what he left behind.” – Unknown
  15. “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.” – Mona Michael

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Veterans Day Quotes to Honor Our Soldiers

Every November 11th we remember the sacrifices of our Veterans, both living and dead. Thank you, for standing in the gap and protecting us. Thank you for your service, your courage, your sacrifice, and and your honor. We salute you today!

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Veterans Day Quotes to Honor Our Soldiers

  • “We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.” — Ronald Reagan

  • “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” — Patrick Henry

  • “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” — John F. Kennedy

  • “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” –Unkown

  • “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” –H. Norman Schwarzkopf

  • “The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” — Abraham Lincoln

  • “War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.” — Jimmy Carter

  • “And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” –Joseph Rodman Drake

  • “This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis

  • “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” — President George Washington

  • “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” – Billy Graham

  • Never was so much owed by so many to so few” — Winston Churchill

 

Honor the Soldier Quotes

What is Honor?  What does it look like?

  • Regard with high respect or esteem
  • Fulfill and obligation or honor an agreement
  • A person or thing that brings credit
  • Adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct
  • Something regarded as a rare opportunity and bringing pride and pleasure; a privilege
  • A thing conferred as a distinction, especially an official award for bravery or achievement.

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Honor the Soldier Quotes

  • “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” — General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
  • “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.” –Billy Graham
  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” — G.K. Chesterton
  • “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” –Patrick Henry
  • Never give in –never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” –Winston Churchill
  • “It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who gave us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” –Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
  • “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” – Mark Twain
  • “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.” – Thucydides
  • “I am a Soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.” -George S. Patton

 

 

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American Soldier
I’m just trying to be a father
Raise a daughter and a son
Be a lover to their mother
Everything to everyone
Up and at ’em bright and early
I’m all business in my suit
Yeah, I’m dressed up for success
From my head down to my boots
I don’t do it for the money
There’s bills that I can’t pay
I don’t do it for the glory
I just do it anyway
Providing for our future’s my responsibility
Yeah, I’m real good under pressure
Being all that I can be
And I can’t call in sick on Mondays
When the weekends been too strong
I just work straight through the holidays
And sometimes all night long
You can bet that I stand ready
When the wolf growls at the door
Hey, I’m solid, hey I’m steady
Hey I’m true down to the core
And I will always do my duty
No matter what the price
I’ve counted up the cost
I know the sacrifice
Oh, and I don’t want to die for you
But if dyin’s asked of me
I’ll bear that cross with honor
‘Cause freedom don’t come free
I’m an American soldier, an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters
I will proudly take a stand
When liberty’s in jeopardy
I will always do what’s right
I’m out here on the front lines
sleep in peace tonight
American soldier, I’m an American soldier
yeah, an American soldier, an American
Beside my brothers and my sisters
I will proudly take a stand
When liberty’s in jeopardy
I will always do what’s right
I’m out here on the front lines
so sleep in peace tonight
American soldier, I’m an American
an American
an American soldier
Songwriters: Chuck Cannon / Toby Keith
American Soldier lyrics © Tokeco Tunes

To Stand or Not to Stand for the National Anthem

I am werary of hearing whether you should stand or kneel during the National Anthem. It is all over social media these days. Everyone has an opionion. I am sure you have read all about it too. To stand or not to stand for the National Anthem – that is the question.

So what do you think? Stand or kneel for the National Anthem?

I looked up some history on the National Anthem in the US – The Star Spangeld Banner. The National Anthem was written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. President Herbert Hoover signed the bill that made the song the national anthem in 1931.

According to Wikipedia the custom for when people sing the National Anthem is:

Customs

 

Plaque detailing how the custom of standing during the Anthem came about in Tacoma, Washington, on October 18, 1893, in the Bostwick building

United States Code, 36 U.S.C. § 301, states that during a rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart; Members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present and not in uniform may render the military salute; men not in uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note; and when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed. Military law requires all vehicles on the installation to stop when the song is played and all individuals outside to stand at attention and face the direction of the music and either salute, in uniform, or place the right hand over the heart, if out of uniform. A law passed in 2008 allows military veterans to salute out of uniform, as well.  However, this statutory suggestion does not have any penalty associated with violations. 36 U.S.C. § 301

This behavioral requirement for the national anthem is subject to the same First Amendment controversies that surround the Pledge of AllegianceFor example, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not sing the national anthem, though they are taught that standing is an “ethical decision” that individual believers must make based on their “conscience.”

I am in the camp that STANDS when the National Anthem is played. I STAND during the Pledge of Allegiance too. It’s all about honoring our fallen heros for me.  It’s about taking a moment of time and saying thank you. It’s not about wheter things are hunky dorie for everyone everywhere – we know that isn’t true in this world.

The National Anthem is a time for me to honor those who have died for my freedom. There is nothing to protest in my book – they died. It’s about them and their sacrifice, not about me or my thoughts on things. To make it a protest for this or that is plain disrespectful in my book.

My husband is a Veteran. My father in law and his brother is a Veteran. My deceased grandfather is a Veteran. Even my ex-husband is a Veteran. I stand for the Veterans and fallen heros in our land.

Here are the original lyrics:

Complete version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” showing spelling and punctuation
from Francis Scott Key’s manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection.

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
‘Tis the star-spangled banner – O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

Here is a great sound byte on the Issue by Michael Morris – definatly worth the listen:

Levin: NFL Kneeling Protest ‘Isn’t About Free Speech’

 

Billionaires and millionaires linking arms and taking knees in unity for what? There are brave men and women in real uniforms but you won’t find them on the football field. You’ll find them in the military and law enforcement. They’re not famous. They’re not rich. But they’re our very best. They put their lives on the line everyday. And they’re being disrespected. – Mark Levin

14 Memorial Day Quotes from Our Soldiers and Presidents

We remember our fallen heroes. Those who have died to give us our freedom. We honor you. We thank you. We are free today because of your sacrifice. Freedom is never free -there is always blood involved.

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14 Memorial Day Quotes from Our Soldiers and Presidents

  1. “If I do not [return], my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, nor that, when my last breath escapes me on the battle-field, it will whisper your name. ” ­― Major Sullivan Ballou
  2. “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” –― President Harry S. Truman
  3. “They didn’t want to go to war, they didn’t want to leave their families, but when their country asked them to, they did, because they thought it was the right thing to do.” ― Norman Schwarzkopf
  4. “I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.” – President Ronald Reagan
  5. “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” – President John F. Kennedy
  6. “For love of country they accepted death.” — James A. Garfield
  7. “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.” — Barack Obama
  8. “The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country” ― George S. Patton Jr.
  9. ““True courage is being afraid, and going ahead and doing your job anyhow, that’s what courage is.” ― Norman Schwarzkopf
  10. “Each of the patriots whom we remember on this day was first a beloved son or daughter, a brother or sister, or a spouse, friend, and neighbor.” — George H. W. Bush
  11. “They do not need our praise. They do not need that our admiration should sustain them. There is no immortality that is safer than theirs. We come not for their sakes but for our own, in order that we may drink at the same springs of inspiration from which they themselves drank.” — Woodrow Wilson
  12. “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  13. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – President Thomas Jefferson
  14. “Looking across this field, we see the scale of heroism and sacrifice. All who are buried here understood their duty. All stood to protect America. And all carried with them memories of a family that they hoped to keep safe by their sacrifice.” — George W. Bush

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Giving Honor Where Honor is Due – 10 Armed Forces Day Quotes

So many people forget. They gloss it over like it never happened. Oh yeah, “Happy Armed Forces Day.” like it is a party. Men and women have died so that we have freedom. I am weary of people taking our Military for granted. They go on with their little lives doing whatever they want with no sacrifice for anyone. We have become so selfish my friends.

Let us give honor where honor is due – to our Veterans.   Some have lived to tell about it. Some have not. They all sacrificed their freedom so you could have yours. The ground is crying out with their blood. Do you hear it? Let us not take their sacrifice lightly. There are families without fathers and mothers and sons and daughters. They paid the price.

Forgive us Lord, for not honoring our heroes. Those who have sacrificed their time, their lives, their families, and their agenda so we may remain free.  Protect them Lord, in Jesus Name.

Thank you to all the Veterans I know – I appreciate your service. I am grateful you served and protected me and my family and our country. I don’t know how you did what you did. All the stories you share with me give me such respect for you. Such a sacrifice you made for our freedom. We live in the land of liberty because of what you did. God bless you abundantly and keep you and your families safe. May the Lord multiply his grace and mercy and provision to you and yours for now and evermore, in Jesus Name.

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10 Quotes for Armed Forces Day

  1. “Freedom is never free. ” – Author Unknown
  2. “Today let us, as Americans, honor the American fighting man. For it is he–the soldier, the sailor, the Airman, the Marine–who has fought to preserve freedom. It is his valor that has given renewed hope to the free world that by working together in discipline and faith our ideals of freedom will always prevail.” – Admiral Forrest P. Sherman
  3. “It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower
  4. “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” – President John F. Kennedy
  5. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis
  6. “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. A Veteran doesn’t have that problem.” – Ronald Regan
  7.  “Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause – honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle.” – President Abraham Lincoln
  8. “Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.” – General MacArthur
  9. “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” -General Dwight D. Eisenhower
  10. “The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. ” – Thomas Campbell

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12 Heart of a Warrior Quotes

According to Dictionary.com a WARRIOR is

1.a person engaged or experienced in warfare; soldier.
2.a person who shows or has shown great vigor, courage, or aggressiveness, as in politics or athletics.

Are you a warrior?

Do you fight for justice?

Do you stand up for the oppressed?

 

Learn to do good.
Seek justice,
Rebuke the ruthless,
Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the [rights of the] widow [in court]. – Isaiah 1:17 AMP

12 Heart of a Warrior Quotes

  1. “The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but it is your personal example they will follow.”– General Colin Powell

  2. “…It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability.” ― George S. Patton Jr.

  3.  “Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.” – General George Marshall

  4.   “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” – President George Washington

  5. “The more you sweat in training, the less you will bleed in battle.”- Motto of Navy Seals

  6.  God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me of my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.” –  General George Patton

  7. “It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” — Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC

  8. “I know what I’m capable of; I am a soldier now, a warrior. I am someone to fear, not hunt.” ― Pittacus Lore, The Rise of Nine

  9. “When you become a leader you give up the right to think about yourself.”– Gerald Brooks

  10. “We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.” – Omar Bradley

  11. “I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but by how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” – General George S. Patton

  12. General Colin Powell’s Rules:

  • It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.

  • Get mad, then get over it.

  • Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.

  • It can be done!

  • Be careful what you choose. You may get it.

  • Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.

  • You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.

  • Check small things.

  • Share credit.

  • Remain calm. Be kind.

  • Have a vision. Be demanding.

  • Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

  • Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.


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Be strong, and let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. The Lord will do what is good in his sight. – 2 Samuel 10:12


 

For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. – Psalm 18:39



Want to really get inspired? Read the Navy Seal Code Warrior Creed Here:

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12 Inspiring Quotes for Veterans Day

There are some things that go beyond words.  Honor. Respect. Sacrifice.  Our Veterans have paid the ultimate price – sacrificing their lives for the rest of us. Some lived, some died in war. They all deserve our respect and our gratitude – for doing for us what we have not done for ourselves.  Freedom is never free – it requires a sacrifice.  Thank you Opa. Thank you Bob. Thank you Grandpa Alexander – you taught me what honor was…

 

12 Inspiring Quotes for Veterans Day

  1. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —John F. Kennedy

  2. “Better to fight for something than live for nothing.”– Gen. George S. Patton, Jr

  3. “Freedom is never free.” -Author Unknown

  4. “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” ― Abraham Lincoln

  5. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. “—Joseph Campbell

  6. “Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” —Winston Churchill

  7. “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis

  8. “Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.” -G.K. Chesterton

  9. “Serving my country was a life-changing experience for me. It was during those years that I realized the importance of commitment, dedication, honor, and discipline. I have never laughed so much; nor have I ever prayed so much. I made life-long friends. The leaders and heroes I served with helped shape me into the man I am today. I feel honored to have been a part of such a great tradition and grateful to others who have walked the same path. Thank you!” ― Steve Maraboli

  10. “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” – Patrick Henry

  11. “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” – George Washington

  12. “In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” -Jose Narosky

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“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13

 

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6

 

 

12 Memorial Day Quotes on War and Peace

 

12 Memorial Day Quotes on War and Peace

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  1. “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.

  2. “We make war that we may live in peace.”― Aristotle

  3. “Ask not what your country can do for you– ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

  4. “What we do with this peace–whether we preserve it and defend it, or whether we lose it and let it slip away–will be the measure of our worthiness of the spirit and sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands who gave their lives in two World Wars, Korea, and in Vietnam.” – Ricahrd Nixon

  5. “Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” – George Washington

  6. “I believe that soldiers will bear me out in saying that both come in time of battle. I take it that the moral courage comes in going into the battle, and the physical courage in staying in.” – Woodrow Wilson

  7. “Looking across this field, we see the scale of heroism and sacrifice. All who are buried here understood their duty. All stood to protect America. And all carried with them memories of a family that they hoped to keep safe by their sacrifice.” – George Bush

  8. “They are dead; but they live in each Patriot’s breast, And their names are engraven on honor’s bright crest.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  9. “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – President Thomas Jefferson

  10. “In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

  11. “I don’t have to tell you how fragile this precious gift of freedom is. Every time we hear, watch, or read the news, we are reminded that liberty is a rare commodity in this world.” – President Ronald Reagan

  12. “Peace does not come just because we wish for it. Peace must be fought for. It must be built stone by stone.” – Lyndon Johnson

 

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We remember you my friends. We remember your sacrifice and your honor. Your spirit lives on in our hearts. You fought for us, for our peace and protection. Thank you. God bless you and your family this Memorial Day and always. You are not forgotten.

50,000 Names

by George Jones

There are teddy bears and high school rings
And old photographs that mamas bring
That daddies with their young boys, playin’ ball

There’s combat boots that he used to wear
When he was sent over there
There’s 50,000 names carved in the wall

There’s cigarettes and there’s cans of beer
And notes that say, I miss you dear
And children, who don’t say anything at all

There’s purple hearts and packs of gum
Fatherless daughters and fatherless sons
And there’s 50,000 names carved in the wall

They come from all across this land
In pickup trucks and mini vans
Searching for a boy from long ago

They scan the wall and find his name
The teardrops fall like pouring rain
And silently they leave a gift and go

There’s stars of David and rosary beads
And crucifixion figurines
And flowers of all colors large and small

There’s a boy scout badge and a merit pin
Little American flags waving in the wind
And there’s 50,000 names carved in the wall
There’s 50,000 names carved in the wall

Songwriters
O’HARA, JAMIE

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Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Read more: George Jones – 50000 Names Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

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Ten Veteran’s Day Quotes

Ten Veteran’s Day Quotes

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  1. “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” ― Abraham Lincoln

  2. Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day. – Charles B. Rangel

  3. From the world wars of Europe to the jungles of the Far East, from the deserts of the Middle East to the African continent, and even here in our own hemisphere, our veterans have made the world a better place and America the great country we are today. – John Hoeven

  4. Damn the wars but bless the soldier.” ― T.L. Moffitt

  5. Well, look at what people are doing for returned veterans now. The wounded warriors. They’re working hard to make the wounded veterans feel that they are loved and welcomed home, unlike Vietnam. It was not a very kind, gentle world then. I think we are kinder and gentler.- Barbara Bush

  6. On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free. -Dan Lipinski

  7. Congress should stop treating veterans like they’re asking for a hand out when it comes to the benefits they were promised, and they should realize that, were it not for these veterans, there would be nothing to hand out. – Nick Lampson

  8. “Nearby sat a veteran in a wheelchair. He was young, handsome, and athletic, through missing a leg.

    My daughter went to him and asked, “You’re army – right?”

    He said, “Yes, I am.”

    My daughter hugged him. “Thank you,” she said. Tears welled in the man’s eyes.

    “Did you get my card?” she asked. “My school sent you a card. It said, ‘Thank you for saving our Earth.'”

    The guy just about lost it. He said, “You’re welcome. Yes, we did get your card. Thank you for doing that.” – Michael Sobel, son of Herbert Sobel. Michael talking about his 6 year old daughter meeting veterans.” ― Marcus Brotherton, We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers

  9. The most basic obligation we have to our veterans is that we keep the promises that were made to them. That is what makes the recent failures of the Veterans Administration so shameful. – Doc Hastings

  10. “Serving my country was a life-changing experience for me. It was during those years that I realized the importance of commitment, dedication, honor, and discipline. I have never laughed so much; nor have I ever prayed so much. I made life-long friends. The leaders and heroes I served with helped shape me into the man I am today. I feel honored to have been a part of such a great tradition and grateful to others who have walked the same path. Thank you!” ― Steve Maraboli

Prayer for Veterans

Thank you Lord, for all of our Veterans. May we honor them and learn from them as they tell us their life stories. They have battled for our freedom. They have considered the cost and chosen to serve a greater cause than themselves. Bless them Lord. Protect them with you Divine Protection. And heal any wounds that they may have received in body, mind, and spirit for their sacrifice has been great, in Jesus Name.

Stay At Home Soldier

I cannot imagine what it feels like to be the one who stays home while your husband/wife/son/daughter goes overseas to fight the battle. My husband served and my father in law served in our Armed Forces way before I knew either one.  I also have a friend with a daughter and son-in-law that just flew overseas to serve.  My heart goes out to all military families. Lets pray together for them all today – both those serving our country and those who are left waiting and praying. Intercede for Military Families today.

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men. (Psalm 59:1-2 NKJV)

Prayer for Military Families

Today we honor our soldiers and their families. Thank you, there are no words to say how much we respect you. You show us what heroes look like. So we offer our prayers and our praises up to God as incense for you  today.

Dear Lord,

We ask you to watch over our soldiers. Cover them in the shadow of your wings and keep them safe. Give them Divine Wisdom and Protection in the face of the enemy. Let no harm come to them or to their families. We thank you Lord for their willing hearts, and ask you to intervene in their lives today and in the lives of their families. Cover them with Divine Grace and abundant Mercy as only You can. Flood them with  supernatural strength and comfort as only You can. Let them sense your presence Lord in a new way. Go before them and direct their steps. Let them hear You singing over them. Let them know that You are still the great I AM and you still protect and deliver your people today.   And Lord, bring our soldiers home safely, in Jesus Name we pray.

Sometimes you hear a song that just stops you in your tracks. I was working out yesterday and heard this one. I had to share it with you today.

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Psalm 91 – The Soldiers Prayer

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Spring Training #1-Exercising Our Faith-Honor Our Bodies

Spring Training. All the baseball teams gearing up for the game. Getting ready, letting go of what doesn’t work and training for the new season. I am in a period of transition. A period of spring training. I have had to acknowledge a few weaknesses and change my thoughts and attitudes to learn new habits. I am learning to build my strength both physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Spring Training is a New Series I am writing to help us all refocus on our positive goals and exercise our faith.

Like the athletes we all have ‘muscles’ that we need to use or they atrophy. Muscles that have been in hibernation during the long cold winter. And our faith is the same way. It only gets exercised when we are using it. That means there will be trials,temptations and troubles we will get to go through – but they bring forth the GOLD of our faith.  Press on my friends, together we can do this!

SPRING TRAINING EXERCISE #1:

Learning to Honor Our Bodies

 Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 AMP)

Taking Responsibility for Our Health

One of the hardest areas for me after a life of abuse is learning how to honor my body. When you have had innocence stolen from you and been raped you feel like trash. The enemy plants thoughts in your head that you deserved it and you will never be clean. And then add Abuser after Abuser who commanded you to do unholy things with your body and your relationship. Add those swine who sought out pornography and the evils it opens you up to. For many years I did not address or even talk about these things. I did not own my body. I let another use it and abuse it. I gave away my power and my self-respect to a pig.

I was married before and I wanted to please my husband so I did what he said. He was sick. I should have said no. It took me years to learn to say that word. Then I was in another relationship with a very sick man who was into the bondage scene (yeah, my own shades of grey nightmare). Let me say that just because a person has money does not mean they are healthy. Some of the ‘sickest’ people I matched up with had money and thought I was a piece of property and something they owned. I went from psycho to psycho as I didn’t believe I deserved any better. I had no boundaries and I thought I was trash. I had no idea who God said I was.

Some of the wisest advice I got from Grandma Pat, a beautiful woman who lived down the street from me. She used to come over singing these old hymns and just listen to me cry. I wouldn’t be here today if she had not taken the time to stop and come over and listen. She told me,

“You don’t have to dishonor God to please your husband.”

 

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That was the home run for me. I finally got it. I could choose to honor God first. What those men asked me to do and what I did was wrong. God knows what happened. And I had to ask God to forgive me, and then forgive myself for giving authority of my body over to a swine. Yes, I cast my pearls before swine. And they trampled all over them. Because that’s what pigs do.

I ended those relationships. And didn’t date anyone for over a year. I learned how to take care of me and take authority back over my body. I asked God to break all the soul-ties with the blood of Jesus. I asked the Holy Spirit to come into those dark rooms and bring the deep healing I needed. I met with a counselor for a time and learned that the rape was not my fault. I did not ask for it. I did not want it. I did not asked to be abused. It wasn’t that way in the beginning. It happens over time. And it’s wrong. Not every husband/boyfriend honors his wife. I learned the hard way.

When I was on my own I had to learn how to ‘honor my body’ and choose to be well. I didn’t have to stay a victim. God promised to heal me and I chose to let Him. He turned my victim mentality into victorious. He gave me strength when I had none. He gave me hope when I was lost.

I had to learn what honor meant too. Words and actions like honor, cherish, love, treasure – they had no meaning to me after years of abuse. But honor meant I could say NO. I could make a new choice as to what I would accept for myself, and what I would reject. I had to learn what a healthy relationship looked like. And I had to learn what respect meant and how to respect myself after receiving disrespect from so many.

 

Ways to Honor Your Body:

 

1.  Accept that God made you perfect and stop the negative self-talk.

This negative self-talk led to destructive self-harm for me. I had to ask God to quiet the voices of the Enemy of my soul. And I had to read the Word and learn who God says I am. I had to give God’s Word more authority over me than my past, my hurts, my feelings, or my pain. I even hand wrote scripture verses on index cards and carried them around with me in my everyday life. This way when I heard a negative thing in my head or from some other person I would read and meditate on a verse of God’s Word. It works, really.  I honor my body when I believe what God says about me more than how I feel or what someone tells me or has told me.

 

2.  Start to eat healthier.

I admit it, I love junk food and pizza. And after being depressed for so long I ate what I wanted when I wanted it. Instead of taking things away the Holy Spirit has asked me to start adding healthy things – nuts, fruits, and vegetables to my diet. I don’t keep track, I am not a food Nazi. But I have to say that I feel better after adding these things. It is a process and I am glad He is teaching me how to honor my body this way.

 

3. Stop watching smut TV.

Yep. No more. I refuse to entertain the spirit of lust. I will not even watch mildly graphic shows, no soap operas, no dating shows, no let’s swap wives or Hollywood Housewives or anything. I turn them off. Lust leads to all sorts of bad things. I have seen so many people break up relationships or marriages after the spirit of lust moves in. What comes in through the eyes makes residence in our minds. Thoughts become actions. I have seen people throw away what they have to try something they see happen on tv or a movie. And it’s wrong. I choose to shut that door and not entertain the spirit of lust.  I honor my body by not even going there.

 

4. Start to exercise slowly.

I joined Planet Fitness with my teen daughter about a month ago. The first time I went I could only go 5 minutes on the elliptical machine. And with my past leg injury I didn’t even try the treadmill. Can I tell you after a month I don’t have to wear my leg brace anymore! I can go 20 minutes on the elliptical and have even used the treadmill. All from a girl that heard the Dr. tell me, “I hope this leg surgery works or you won’t walk again.” I honor my body by moving it and exercising it. My mood is better. I feel alive again and there is hope. It’s going to be a good season this year!

 

What about you?

How did you learn to ‘honor your body’?

 

Tune in next time for SPRING TRAINING – TAKING RESPONSIBILITY OF OUR MONEY

 

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