This was supposed to be the war than ended all wars; but it was only the beginning where America would be involved in wars in foreign lands fighting alongside of some countries and against others.
While doing family research, I found the draft cards of both my grandfathers. If you wish to search, I found these on Ancestry.com. It was so neat to see the answers to the questions and to see their actual signatures. However, neither of them was called up – they already had a house full of kids.
This is the third in a series of poems and lyrics during this Memorial Day weekend of 2015 to honor those who so bravely fought and died for our country. The first was lyrics and a poem about those who died in the Revolutionary War. The second about the Civil War. Links below:
The weather is supposed to be beautiful here in Atlanta. There are so many things families can do, places they can go, and ways to begin the summer.
But in addition to their trips to the Atlanta Zoo or any of the other attractions – the patriotic will wave their flags and honor our fallen soldiers who gave all Americans the freedom to enjoy weekends such as this.
Turner Movie Classics will be showing old war movies all this weekend which depict the bravery, (and heroic deeds) of our brave military in all the wars. This channel aired an old movie called “Sergeant York!” He was a religious man who thought he could not take a human life; but after much soul searching, he decided to stay in the Army even though he had been drafted against his will. Gary Cooper goes a great job of playing this real American hero.
h I never get tired of watching this movie; and I saw it the first time many years ago when I was a small girl.
These old movies also remind us of the thousands and thousands who died in their service for our country. Freedom ain’t free – but it is priceless. This should also be a day to remember that we still have soldiers fighting for freedom; and they won’t be home enjoying the picnics and family fun. They are continuing to pay the price of our freedom
You may remember or heard about Poppy Day which later became Veteran’s Day. There was a fierce battle during World War I in 1918 where many American soldiers died and are buried. Take the time to check this site and see how beautifully the cemetery is kept; and how thankful these people were that our soldiers came, fought, and died for them.
Oh, that in our hearts we could be so thankful for this wonderful thing we call freedom.
If you are not familiar with “Poppy Day, Armistice Day, Veteran’s Day,” in the United States, this day is November 11th in honor of the official end of the war on November 11, 1918.
It was called Poppy Day because all across the battlefields there grows the red poppy in abundance. . It is said to be appropriate because so much blood was shed there that it gave way to the blooming red flowers across the battlefields.
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A young Canadian wrote this immortal poem about those who died there.
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
- In Flanders fields the poppies blow
- Between the crosses, row on row,
- That mark our place; and in the sky
- The larks, still bravely singing, fly
- Scarce heard amid the guns below.
- We are the Dead. Short days ago.
- We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
- Loved and were loved, and now we lie
- In Flanders fields.
- Take up our quarrel with the foe:
- To you from failing hands we throw
- The torch; be yours to hold it high.
- If ye break faith with us who die
- We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
- In Flanders fields.
Previous wars in this series:
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