Lest We Forget . . .

Veterans' Cemetery

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Memorial Day:  a day to honor and remember the countless souls who gave their lives for our freedom and/or were among those who lived through the horrors of war only to face the pain and lifelong adjustments of returning to civilian life.  This distinctive day of remembrance also honors the families of the dead and wounded whose lives have been altered forever.  May we never forget the great sacrifices they all have made to secure our freedom and peace.  Thank God for His everlasting mercy and grace upon this great land. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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War Song–1776

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HARK, hark, the sound of war is heard,
And we must all attend;
Take up our arms and go with speed,
Our country to defend.

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Our parent state has turned our foe,
Which fills our land with pain;
Her gallant ships, manned out for war,
Come thundering o’er the main.

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There’s Carleton, Howe, and Clinton too.
And many thousands more,
May cross the sea, but all in vain,
Our rights we’ll ne’er give o’er.

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Our pleasant homes they do invade,
Our property devour;
And all because we won’t submit
To their despotic power.

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Then let us go against our foe,
We’d better die than yield;
We and our sons are all undone,
If Britain wins the field.

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Tories may dream of future joys,
But I am bold to say,
They’ll find themselves bound fast in chains,
If Britain wins the day.

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Husbands must leave their loving wives,
And sprightly youths attend,
Leave their sweethearts and risk their lives,
Their country to defend.

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May they be heroes in the field,
Have heroes’ fame in store;
We pray the Lord to be their shield,
Where thundering cannons roar.

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American Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783)

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War of 1812 (1812 to 1815)

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Mexican- American War (1846 to 1848)

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American Civil War (April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865)

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Spanish-American War (April 25–August 12, 1898)

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World War I (August 1914 to November 11, 1918)

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World War II (December 8, 1941 to August 14, 1945)

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Korean War (June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953)

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Vietnam War (1959 to April 30, 1975)

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Gulf War (August 2, 1990 to February 28, 1991)

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Iraq War (March 20, 2003 to December 15, 2011)

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Afghanistan War (October 7, 2001 to present)

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4 comments on “Lest We Forget . . .

  1. Caddo-Jael says:

    This is so lovely. I always wonder how it is that anyone could possibly forget that Memorial Day (and Veteran’s Day) is not just a day off from work, or picnics and fireworks. To look at pictures of the row upon row of crosses breaks me anew, each and every time I see one. But poets are supposed to be sensitive, I guess. Thanks for your recent visit to my new blog–our paths crossed a number of times when I had “Caddo Veil”, and it was a pleasure to see your pretty face. God bless you richly–love, sis Caddo

    • How gracious, sis! Agree with the Memorial Day image. What will it take to place that in the hearts of the people? Another savage world war? I hope not. It all wraps under the umbrella of gratitude to God for His mercy. Amen

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