Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, as with every other one I can remember, we celebrated with friends and family at Wesley Chapel. It is a special tradition in our family, and we look forward to it every year.

This year was a little different in that we didn't get to decorate the graves because of the torrential rain. I was disappointed, and I know the kids were, too. The Legion members still stood out in the rain and gave the 21 gun salute and played taps despite the weather, which says a lot about the kind of men they are and how they feel about their military service.

Mackenzie sang "The Star Spangled Banner."

Elijah recited "The American's Creed"

"I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people and for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many soveriegn States; a perfect union, one and inseperable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, support its Constitution, obey its laws, respect its flag and defend it against all enemies. "

by William Tyler Page, 1917

Katie played "America the Beautiful."

Uncle Steve reading the roll call.

"Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

-Ronald Reagan

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