Friday, May 26, 2006

No, freedom is not free

"Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain.
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am the morning hush.
I am the graceful rush
of beautiful birds in circling flight.
I am the star shine of the night.
I am the flowers that bloom.
I am in a quiet room.
I am the birds that sing.
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die."


...Mary Frye, Baltimore MD, Circa 1933

Have a safe a fun Memorial Day weekend. Remember why we have it.

The eagle beow has a good weekend going. He was released on Thursday at the Anchorage Golf Course. He had been with us since last fall.

3 comments:

Britt said...

That's a special poem for Memorial Day. We all need to remember what this holiday really is about. This is the weekend I visit my cousin and this reminded me to do so. Can't believe he's been gone for 10 years now. Even though he didn't die serving his country, I've always felt it was a good time to visit him. The tie in between the poem and the eagle release is really nice. My cousin loved to fly and died doing what he loved most. I hope he is soaring with the eagles now. :)

robin andrea said...

Dave-- Even though my dad didn't die while he was a soldier, I always think of him on Memorial Day. He was a medic in World War II and was behind enemy lines in the Battle of the Bulge. He rescued several fellow soldiers from an overturned tank, and had an ongoing back injury from that heroic moment. My dad taught me to respect those who serve, even when I disagree with my country's policies and politics. I never turn my back on those who put their lives on the line.

I love seeing the eagle release. Thanks for including it in this post. It works well.

Have a safe and good Memorial Day Weekend.

Dave said...

Robin - Even though I served 20 with the Air Force, it doesn't mean I didn't have political differences with the goverment. That's part of being American. I don't post my differences here because that's not what this blog is about. I've been all over the world and I think we have the best thing going right here. I would have liked to have meet your dad and shake hands with him. Remember him and be proud.

Britt - I remember reading the paper about when your cousin passed away. I belive that even though Memorial Day was started to remember fallen veterans, it's for all of the fallen Americans. It's a time to remember them for who they were, what they did and what they tried or did acomplish. Veterans keep us free but it's all Americans that built what we have.

If you would like to learn more about my dad and family, check out last years Memorial Day post at http://birdtlc.blogspot.com/2005_05_01_birdtlc_archive.html