Declaration

© Jeanne E. Webster All Rights Reserved

I heard the moaning of hills and valleys,
The discord beneath these United States;
Utter turmoil heaves up the sod and dirt,
While sacred blood and bones, it obliterates.

July fourth, seventeen hundred seventy-six,
A declaration was solemnly laid down,
Ending in the absolution of all our past
Allegiance to the tyrannical British Crown.

“When in the Course of human events…”
It published solemnly, and boldly declared
“…we hold these truths to be self-evident…”
(Down the barrel of a British cannon we stared.)

“…that all men are created equal,” it avowed
With “unalienable Rights,” by their creator,
“…Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The British government soon shouted, “Traitor!”

We prayed “protection of divine Providence,
And mutually pledged each other our Lives,
Our Fortunes and our sacred Honor,” too;
For “freedom and independence” we strive.

May we gives thanks to God for His provision of such stalwart forefathers who began the framework for this great nation. God bless these United States!

Memorial Day

I hung the flag out today

The grand red, white and blue

In memory of all those who died

For our land, so precious and true.

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Their blood, sweat and nerve

Permeate every grain of sand

And surge within leaves and grass:

“Walk softly on this sacred land.”

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The wind echoes with their cries

Do you hear them calling out?

From sea to shining seas they sound

Over hill and dale they shout.

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Oh, say can you see

By the dawn’s early light,

The glorious red, white and blue?

It’s there! It’s within sight!

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We’ll remember all they gave

For those who followed too;

They are owed such a great debt.

“Patriots, we’ll never forget you!”

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Memorial Day 2017

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Lest We Forget …

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O Beautiful for Spacious Skies

~Katherine Lee Bates

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O beautiful for spacious skies,

For amber waves of grain,

For purple mountain majesties

Above the fruited plain!

America!  America!

God shed His grace on thee,

And crown thy good with brotherhood

From sea to shining seas!

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O beautiful for heroes proved

In liberating strife,

Who more than self their country loved,

And mercy more than life!

America!  America!

May God thy gold refine

Till all success be nobleness

And every gain divine!

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Veterans Day – November 11, 2015

Honor our veterans everywhere on this Veteran’s Day.  They “cared enough to send the very best” to fight our battles, keep the peace, and maintain our country’s defenses. Support them through our many agencies, local and national, encourage them with packages from home, and pray for them with earnest hearts. Some of them are in foreign lands, while others are right in your own backyard. Remember their families also who wait their safe return home.

Remember ALL our veterans, whether retired or active duty men and women. Many of them are in need of our help. Would you mind visiting those who are set aside in veteran’s hospitals, nursing homes, Soldier’s homes, or in their own homes?  Now is the time to report for our duty, making the rest of their lives comfortable and safe.  Let us lift them up with honor and respect and endow them with our love and prayers.

GOD BLESS OUR VETERANS!

God bless America!

Memorial Day Tribute

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© 2014 Jeanne E Webster. All rights reserved and observed

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As I raised our flag this Memorial day,
That grand red, white and blue,
I thought of all those who had died
For our country, so free and true.
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Their precious blood, sweat and nerve
Permeate each golden grain of sand
And inhabit every leaf and grass:
Walk softly on this sacred land.
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The wind still resonates their cries
Do you hear them calling out?
From sea to shining seas they sound
Over every hill and dale they shout:
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“Oh, say can you see
By the dawn’s early light,
The glorious red, white and blue?
It’s still there! It’s within sight!”
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We’ll hold dear your sacred trust
Endowed to us and our followers too;
Your sacrifices were not in vain!
Our hearts reiterate with tribute to you!

 

Photo: flickr

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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My Tribute

Catholic bells held

 

My Tribute

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© 2013 by Jeanne E Webster.      All rights reserved

 

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Psalm 150

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Praise the Lord!

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Praise Him in the heavens

Praise Him for His power

Praise Him for His mighty acts

Praise Him for His greatness

Praise Him with music

Praise Him with dance

May everything that breathes

Praise the Lord

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Praise the Lord!

Amen

 

NaPoWriMo   Day 30

[This poem–a-day for 30 days has been quite an experience.  Your support has been greatly appreciated and most gracious!  Thank you and God bless!  –Jeanne]