Memorial Day and Memorial Weekend Remind Us to Honor Those Whose Ultimate Sacrifice Purchased the Freedom We Enjoy. Today begins a weekend prelude to one of our most important special days as a nation-- Memorial Day, the Day to remind us that freedom isn't free.
We pause for this Memorial Day to join in this refrain to those who gave their all to us so freedom we'd retain. For darkness they confronted in preserving freedom's light, we owe them more than we can pay for giving more than life. But lives they gave endure today in hearts and souls and minds of we who drink from freedom's cup the fruits of freedom's vine.
May 27, 2011, begins Memorial Weekend leading to Memorial Day on
Monday, May 30, 2011. Many Americans will celebrate it as a four-day
weekend or as weekend for finding bargains at stores touting Memorial Day
"sales." Yet many-- surely most-- Americans will also seek ways
to express their gratitude to those who paid the ultimate price in order for the
liberty we enjoy (and too often take for granted) to endure for us and our
posterity. Not all will be able to attend a special event, but all of us
can at least do this: Seek out someone who is currently serving, or who is
a family member of someone currently serving, in our military and do something
to express thanks: A salute or hug and a sincere "thank
you," a gift card for dinner in a nice restaurant, tickets to a
movie, tickets to a baseball game, a visit to a wounded warrior, a donation to
Fisher House, perform a chore (e.g., cut grass, clean gutters, wash
windows), etc. There are countless ways to say
We pause for this Memorial Day to join in this refrain to those who gave their all to us so freedom we'd retain. For darkness they confronted in preserving freedom's light, we owe them more than we can pay for giving more than life. But lives they gave endure today in hearts and souls and minds of we who drink from freedom's cup the fruits of freedom's
We pause for
this Memorial Day
to join in this refrain
to those who gave their all to us
so freedom we'd retain.
For darkness they confronted
in preserving freedom's light,
we owe them more than we can pay
for giving more than life.
But lives they gave endure today
in hearts and souls and minds
of we who drink from freedom's cup
the fruits of freedom's vine.
--Jim Wrenn, Editor at PoliSat.Com
From whence do such heroes come? For what should we thank them? How
should we thank them? Each of us must find his own way to answer these
questions. Here are my thoughts on the subject in the form of a song I
wrote titled, "Thanks In Our Name For Deeds In Our Name":
In Our Name For Deeds In Our Name
farms in the country, from cities and towns,
from places quite humble, from places renowned,
from fact'ries, from stores and from offices tall,
from service professions, from stores in our malls,
come citizen soldiers their country to serve
as full time professionals or guard or reserve.
From mothers and fathers and husbands and wives,
from children and lovers and friends in their lives,
our citizen soldiers depart despite tears
on missions of danger in spite of their fears
as selflessly, proudly, and bravely they serve
that freedom of conscience and Faith be preserved.
In caves and in tunnels where murderers train
unspeakable terror they face in our name.
With principled discipline, training and skill
in taming the instinct to kill or be killed
our citizen soldiers have honored our name,
so, proudly we thank them for deeds in our name.
They serve in the skies, and at sea and on land,
in mountains and jungles and deserts of sand,
on foot and in foxholes, in trenches and tents,
in tanks and on submarine mission descents,
in planes and on ships and on carrier decks,
in Humvees, and hangars and convoys on treks.
For risks to themselves in their battles with terrors
increased by attempts to use force without error,
for risks to themselves they increase by providing
assistance to those who for freedom are striving,
our citizen soldiers have honored our name,
so thank them we must for their deeds in our name.
So we and posterity freedom retain
barbaric regimes you confront in our name.
To you who defend us, we proudly proclaim
our pride in the deeds you have done in our name.
We thank you, we thank you for deeds in our name,
We thank you, we thank you for deeds in our name.·
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Jim is a proud descendant of 18th Century criminal exiles from England who swam to the Outer Banks when the British ship taking them to a Georgia penal colony sank in a storm near Cape Hatteras. Having the prescience to prevent their descendants from becoming "TarHeels," they immediately migrated to Virginia, where, within just a few generations they worked their way up into poverty. Jim's grandfather was the first in the family tree to see the distant horizons, but his career was cut short by severe injuries he sustained when a cousin cut down the tree.
After a brief stint in the Amry (ours) following graduation from law school, he began his legal career in the state bureaucracy but was never able to break into the federal bureaucracy. Several years later, he entered the private practice of law and co-founded a small law publishing company. Later, finding the publishing of small laws unstimulating and finding his private practice too private to be lucrative, he began writing political satire/commentary. His greatest vice is taking himself too seriously.
Although he regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education courses to lawyers, he's too-often available through he Rubber Chicken Speakers Bureau to speak on politics, satire, etc., at luncheons, dinners, root canals, funerals, etc. His speaking fees are so outrageously high they border on criminal price-gouging, but as a free-market advocate, he defends his fees on the higher moral ground of charging whatever the traffic will bear. For more information (surely more than one would want or need), go to www.PoliSat.Com.