Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day 2015Over the years Memorial Day went from being a day to honor our men and women who were killed in combat to honoring all of our loved ones who have died to a three-day weekend of picnic and family gatherings, signaling in the arrival of summer fun.

I have loved ones that have died, both my parents, my brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents and most recently my husband. But today is not about their memory, today is about honoring the memory of those who served their God and country and gave the ultimate sacrifice to form this nation, secure the Union, and to protect our shores from tyrants and dictators.

Memorial Day also known as Decoration Day is about our military members who never made it back home. Some are buried in graves their names never to be forgotten while others are laid to rest in unmarked graves – names long ago forgotten.

These men and women have protected our nation and our way of life for over 235 yrs. Today they are not only called upon to protect our country but to help those who are oppressed around the world also bringing relief of supplies and food to those in disaster areas. Most recently are the 6 Marines aboard the helicopter that crashed in Nepal bringing food and supplies to the earthquake victims.

Please take a moment today and remember those who lost their lives for this country and to uphold the peace around the world. Today I lay aside my memories of those that are close to my heart to remember the fallen.

To those who never grew old so we could –
May you rest in the peace of God
May your deaths never be in vain
May you never be forgotten
May you always be honored

In honor and remembrance to the fallen we salute:

Staff SGT Ryan Ostrom (my sons friend whom he served with at the armory and in Bosnia)
August 9, 2005. Habbaniya Iraq
PA National Guard Co B, 109th Infantry assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team
SGT Raymond Paul Kurtik (my husbands friend who he grew up with)
DOB 7-3-1949. KIA 7-7-1969,
7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, USARV in Vietnam.

SP4 Leonard T. Bish. “Butch” to his friends. (my brother-in-law RJB friend)
DOB 11-18-46. KIA -5-16-67. Quang Ngai Province, Repbulic of Vietnam.
2nd Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. “The Screaming Eagles.”


Let us never forget – {add the name of someone you know who never made it home in the comment section}

Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar, drawing near
Falls the night.
Thanks and praise for our days
Neath the sun, neath the stars, neath the sky
As we go, this we know
God is nigh.
Several later lyrical adaptations have been created. One, written by Horace Lorenzo Trim, is shown below:
Fading light dims the sight
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the skies
All is well, safely rest;
God is nigh.
Then goodnight, peaceful night;
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright.
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, goodnight.
The other popular version, penned and harmonized by famed composer Josef Pasternack, is:
Love, sweet dreams!
Lo, the beams of the light Fairy moon kissed the streams,
Love, Goodnight!
Ah so soon!
Peaceful dreams!
Another set of lyrics, used in a recording made by John Wayne about the song, is:
Fading light
Falling night
Trumpet call, as the sun, sinks in flight
Sleep in peace, comrades dear,
God is near.