AS WE HONOR OUR FALLEN HEROES ON MEMORIAL DAY 2015…
—Francis A. Walker
This is my first post in a long time, which happens to be on this revered day—Memorial Day. I always try to focus on the blessings we enjoy in this country, but sometimes we need to be reminded why we have that freedom and at what cost.
I often walk in cemeteries because I find it so peaceful. As I pass the graves where veterans are buried, I offer to them a prayer of thanks for their heroism and sacrifices. Whether they passed in battle or after their tours were completed, they all deserve the utmost honor and respect. Around Memorial Day and Veterans Day (the day we honor all veterans who have served in the Armed Forces), when I see all the flags on graves throughout the cemetery, I’m reminded of their faithful service to our country. Sadly, there seems to be more as the years pass by.
We also need to be reminded that our fallen heroes aren’t just buried here in the United States; they’re buried overseas where they fought courageously against evil tyranny. Thanks to our military and its allies, so many countries have been freed of oppression. It’s unfortunate that evil still persists in this world, but with our strong and fearless military, we can be sure that wherever there is evil trying to rob us of our freedom, there will be fearless warriors who will fight to the death in order to preserve it.
Pictures are worth 1,000 words which is why I’ve posted images of the twenty European eternal resting places of our 104,366 fallen heroes (below). Following these images are some military quotes which I’ve found to be memorable and worth repeating.
The sheer magnitude of the number of American soldiers who paid the ultimate price in order to free the oppressed around the world should be reason enough to honor them for the sacrifices they made by emulating their courage, strength and love of country.
Their raw courage at being able to stare evil in the face while suppressing their fears in fierce combat confirms the fact that their abilities were given and guided by Almighty God Himself. Our soldiers know that the evil in front of them isn’t as strong as God, who’s always behind them. We are immensely grateful for the courage they’ve shown in combat, and thank them for their brave service to our country and to the European and Middle Eastern countries they rescued from tyranny. They all have our continuing love, gratitude, support and prayers. Rest In Peace, Brave Warriors…
Wishing you a peaceful and blessed Memorial Day…
American Heroes Buried in Europe
1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France. A total of 2,289 of our military dead.
2. The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium. A total of 5,329 of our dead.
3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France. A total of 4,410 of our military dead.
4. Brookwood, England American Cemetery. A total of 468 of our dead.
5. Cambridge, England.. A total of 3,812 of our military dead.
6. Epinal, France American Cemetery. A total of 5,525 of our Military dead..
7. Flanders Field, Belgium. A total of 368 of our military.
8. Florence, Italy. A total of 4,402 of our military dead.
9. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. A total of 7,992 of our military dead.
10. Lorraine, France. A total of 10,489 of our military dead.
11. Luxembourg, Luxembourg. A total of 5,076 of our military dead..
12. Meuse-Argonne. A total of 14,246 of our military dead.
13. Netherlands, Netherlands. A total of 8,301 of our military dead..
14. Normandy, France. A total of 9,387 of our military dead..
15. Oise-Aisne, France. A total of 6,012 of our military dead…
16. Rhone, France. A total of 861 of our military dead.
17. Sicily, Italy. A total of 7,861 of our military dead.
18. Somme, France. A total of 1,844 of our military dead.
19. St. Mihiel, France. A total of 4,153 of our military dead.
20. Suresnes, France. A total of 1,541 of military dead..
Now For The Military Quotes…
Also From: American Veteran’s Memorial
| “There is only one tactical principle which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wound, death and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time.”General George Patton
| “It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it.”General Douglas MacArthur
| “It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who gave us the freedom to demonstrate
It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag.
And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protester to burn the flag.”
Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
| “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”President John F. Kennedy
| “Those who cannot bravely face danger are the slaves of their attackers.”Aristotle
| “It is God’s job to forgive Osama Bin Laden. It is our job to arrange a face to face meeting.”General Norman Schwarzkopf
| “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”President Dwight D. Eisenhower
| God of our fathers, who by land and sea have ever led us to victory, please continue your inspiring guidance in this the greatest of all conflicts. Strengthen my soul so that the weakening instinct of self-preservation, which besets all of us in battle, shall not blind me of my duty to my own manhood, to the glory of my calling, and to my responsibility to my fellow soldiers. Grant to our armed forces that disciplined valor and mutual confidence which insures success in war. Let me not mourn for the men who have died fighting, but rather let me be glad that such heroes have lived. If it be my lot to die, let me do so with courage and honor in a manner which will bring the greatest harm to the enemy, and please, oh Lord, protect and guide those I shall leave behind. Give us the victory, Lord.”General George Patton
| “Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.”General George Marshall
| “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”President Thomas Jefferson
| “There are some who’ve forgotten why we have a military. It’s not to promote war, it’s to be prepared for peace.”President Ronald Reagan
|“Now therefore, be it Resolved by the Fiftieth Annual Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, That we hereby declare that we are unalterably opposed to any program which would entail the surrender of any part of the sovereignty of the United States of America in favor of a world government.”
Veterans of Foreign Wars
| “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”President George Washington
| “The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.”General Norman Schwarzkopf
| “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.”General George Washington
| “The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.”Air Force Motto
| “I am concerned for the security of our great nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”General Douglas MacArthur
| “I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into his Holy keeping.”General George Washington at Valley Forge
| “It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.”President George Washington
|It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Copyright 1970, 2005 Charles M. Province