America For Me
…Oh, it’s home again, and home again, America for me!
I want a ship that’s westward bound to plough the rolling sea,
To the blessed Land of Room Enough, beyond the ocean bars,
Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.
Henry Van Dyke~
Today my heart is full sorrow. Today, we Memorialize those who have given so much for us here at home. Americas sons and daughters have fought in wars great and small to allow us to continue to worship, speak without fear, to protect the weak and down trodden.
These patriots give us the right of life, liberty and to pursue happiness.
They have died in lands far away… in the arms of a best buddy, in fields and jungles, on the shores of beaches and rivers. They died in the sand and mud, in the muck and mire.
They have spilled enough blood to fill rivers and seas; and given the chance, would let blood again… and yet again.
They did this, without thought to his own need, without reservation, but rather with conviction and belief in his country.
They didn’t fight for fortune, nor fame, but because they are Patriots of this land… her protector.
Today we weep with the Mothers who have selflessly sacrificed her sons for this place that we call home.
These are not just hero’s, but American Hero’s, whom in a time of need stepped up and out from the safety of our soil and into battle in a foreign land.
He believed in what he was asked to do. It is in this spirit that we continue to honor the memory of our fellow Americans who have returned without fanfare or joy to fall into the waiting arms of a wife, a husband, a mother, father or child.
We weep for the sons and daughters returned; wrapped in the colors of her country, beneath a field of stars and the crimson stripes of our nations flag. Laid to his final rest, into the soil of his homeland to the dirge of Taps.
We weep as a nation in unity, regardless of our political stance or our social status. We are bound together, we are the fabric of our flag, stitched and sewn with the strength and blood of every American warrior that ever was.
This day we mourn. We shall never forget you or the families that sacrificed.