April 2008 - New web site to check out... Thank You - Spreading Gratitude; I tried to download the movie as it suggested and did not have a problem. My pc would not let me install it.
May 2007 This is a Proud Marine on Memorial Day 2006 that served as a Major in WWII, fighting at Okinawa and Iwo Jima. It is men like this that keep America Free. God Bless All of our servicemen and women... Please remember them in prayer.
April 2007 I saw this one this news and then today I got it in my email as as wmv file... I wanted to share it with everyone to show how some people are welcoming our troops home. I think this is awesome... Way to go!!! Thank you guys for all you do... God Bless!
I understand that life in Iraq is very difficult to bear right now. Our troops need our prayers for strength, endurance and safety.
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."
Nov. 2006 It's been a while since I added anything to our memory page... I got an email last night from a friend that gave me a link to a wonderful new web site. The name of it is Let's Give Thanks and I am asking you today to join me in sending cards to our troops overseas to say Thank YOU! for what you are doing. Also take time to read how Xerox is sending the cards. Way to Xerox!!! Next click on the Give to The Troops link. Our Troops need us... This is the first time I have seen this page or any way that we could help our Troops. I hope this helps you find the way too. Just in case my links are not working for some reason... here it is (www.give2thetroops.com). God Bless,
I got the following two prayer wheels/chains in my email and felt they were worthy of posting. We all need a gentle reminder to pray for our military and to show them how much we appreciate them.
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He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or rap or jazz or swing and 155mm howizzitor. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk.
He has trouble spelling, thus letter writing is a pain for him, but he can field strip a rifle in 30 seconds and reassemble it in less time in the dark. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march.
He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low.
He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime.
He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful.
Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.
He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood. And we have woman over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so. As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot.. A short lull, a little shade and a picture of loved ones in their helmets.......
Prayer wheel for our military... please don't break it. Please send this on after a short prayer.
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."
Prayer : When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a prayer for our ground troops in
, sailors on ships, and airmen in the air, and for those in
. There is nothing attached.... This can be very powerful....... Of all the gifts you could give a
Soldier, Sailor, Coastguardsman, Marine or Airman, prayer is the very best one.
Prayer chain for our Military... please don't break it
Please send this on after a short prayer.
Prayer for our soldiers...please don't break it
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they
protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they
perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our
Lord and Savior. Amen."
Prayer Request: When you receive this, please stop for a moment and say a
prayer for our troops around the world.
There is nothing attached.... ... Just send this to all the
people in your address book. Do not let it stop with you, please....
Of all the gifts you could give a US Soldier, Sailor, Airman, Marine &others
deployed in harm's way,
Prayer is the very best one
A Tribute to Our Armed Forces... be sure to check out this page click here
Check out the web site called My Heros Have Always Been Cowboys... click here
To me this is what our boys are over there fighting for... our freedom to continue to worship as we please and to continue to live in a free country. Thank you Men for all you do!!! My prayers are with you. God Bless each and every one of you!
9/11 - Sadly it has been one year today. To Remember all of the ones we lost and the ones that were left with broken hearts. As America continues to heal we will continue to pray! America Attacked 911 was sent to me in email and I assure you that it is worth the wait it takes to load. A Powerful Poem is something else someone sent me in email. Actually I have gotten it in several different forms but I could not find the correct music. I hope you enjoy this one. I know how much I miss my Dad and he was very sick when he left this world so I can not even begin to understand the pain of loosing a Father like this. My heart goes out to all of you with love and pride for being Americans!
If you want to listen to the song Daddy just press the play button, some times I would
have to press it twice to get it to work... just an FYI. Let me know if you have problems.
A Powerful Poem
It was late one Tuesday evening,
Before a mother could sit down,
To tell her only child about
The terror that hit downtown.
She looked into the eyes of her son
Oh, she loved him so,
She felt her heart begin to break
And the hurt begin to show.
She gathered all her strength and courage,
as her story she began to tell.
"Baby don't cry, but I'm afraid daddy
Might be under a building that fell."
The boy looked back at his mother,
His eyes made not one blink.
And the mother's tears began to fall.
What would her baby think?
You see, his dad's a firefighter,
His hero from the day of his birth.
He loved his dad more than anything else
That could ever inhabit this earth..
The mother's head began to drop,
Her forehead rested upon her palm.
She thought her son would be upset.
Instead, he was very calm.
The boy leaned over towards his mom,
And put his hand upon her head.
In her ear he began to whisper,
And this is what he said:
Mommy please don't cry,
I knew daddy wasn't coming home.
I talked to him just a while ago,
But it wasn't on the phone.
He told me that he loved me,
And he promised we'd meet again.
He told of his new home,
And the job he was about to begin."
"God is building an army,
And there are many angels needed.
That, is where daddy and the others went.
They weren't all defeated."
It was then, the mother lifted her head.
The tears streamed down her face..
And she could feel her husband's presence,
As it filled her heart with grace.
It was then she knew her son was right.
He was in God's great army now.
She also knew her son was safe,
That he'd be kept from harm somehow.
So, evildoers of the world beware.
An army is on the way.
Bolstered by new angels,
Who left the earth that day..
Their commander has never been beaten.
His power has never been matched,
And if evil thinks He was almighty before......
Well, the surface has just been scratched!
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma School officials remove "God Bless America" signs from schools in fear that someone might be offended. Channel 12 News in Long Island, New York, orders flags removed from the newsroom and red, white, and blue ribbons removed from the lapels of reporters. Why? Management did not want to appear biased and felt that our nations flag might give the appearance that "they lean one way or another". Berkeley, California bans U.S. Flags from being displayed on city fire trucks because they didn't want to offend anyone in the community. In an "act of tolerance" the head of the public library at Florida Gulf Coast University ordered all "Proud to be an American" signs removed so as to not offend international students. I, for one, am quite disturbed by these actions of so-called American citizens; and I am tired of this nation worrying about whether or not we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. However, the dust from the attacks had barely settled in New York and Washington D.C. when the "politically correct" crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others. I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to America. In fact, our country's population is almost entirely comprised of descendants of immigrants; however, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some native Americans, need to understand. First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try not to offend you in any way. This idea of America being a multi-cultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity. As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language, and our own lifestyle. This culture, called the "American Way" has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill, Antietam, San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam, We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society - learn our language! "In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some off-the-wall, Christian, Right Wing, political slogan - it is our national motto. It is engraved in stone in the House of Representatives in our Capitol and it is printed on our currency. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation; and this is clearly documented throughout our history. If it is appropriate for our motto to be inscribed in the halls of our highest level of Government, then it is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools.
God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every patriotic song, and in our founding documents. We honor His birth, death, and resurrection as holidays, and we turn to Him in prayer in times of crisis. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture and we are proud to have Him. We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably defended our freedoms. We celebrate Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. We have parades, picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our flag. As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever and wherever I choose. If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet.
The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we are proud of it. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. We are Americans, like it or not, this is our country, our land, and our lifestyle. Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion about our government, culture, or society, and we will allow you every opportunity to do so. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American freedom, the right to leave.
As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton's teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture. It is followed by an observation of his own.
I - - Me; an individual; a committee of one.
Pledge - - Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
Allegiance - - My love and my devotion.
To the Flag - - Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody's job.
United - - That means that we have all come together.
States - - Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.
And to the Republic - - Republic--a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it's from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
For which it stands
One Nation - - One Nation--meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible - - Incapable of being divided.
With Liberty - - Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one's own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
And Justice - - The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
For All - - For All--which means, boys and girls, it's as much your country as it is mine.
And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn't it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?
HERE'S TO THE RED OF IT
THERE'S NOT A THREAD OF IT
NO, NOR A SHRED OF IT
IN ALL THE SPREAD OF IT
FROM FOOT TO HEAD
BUT HEROES BLED FOR IT
FACED STEEL AND LEAD FOR IT
PRECIOUS BLOOD SHED FOR IT
BATHING IT RED
HERE'S TO THE WHITE OF IT
THRILLED BY THE SIGHT OF IT
WHO KNOWS THE RIGHT OF IT
BUT FEELS THE MIGHT OF IT
THROUGH DAY AND NIGHT
WOMANHOOD'S CARE FOR IT
MADE MANHOOD DARE FOR IT
PURITY'S PRAYER FOR IT
KEEPS IT SO WHITE
HERE'S TO THE BLUE OF IT
BEAUTEOUS VIEW OF IT
HEAVENLY HUE OF IT
STAR SPANGLED DEW OF IT
CONSTANT AND TRUE
STATES STAND SUPREME FOR IT
LIBERTY'S BEAM FOR IT
VRIGHTENS THE BLUE
HERE'S THE THE WHOLE OF IT
STARS, STRIPES AND POLE OF IT
BODY AND SOUL OF IT
OH, AND THE ROLL OF IT
SUN SHINING THROUGH
HEARTS BY THW SWORD FOR IT
THANKING THE LORD FOR IT
RED, WHITE, AND BLUE!
I got the photo on the left in an email with the subject Now You Have Done It! so I sent is to some of my dearest friends. One of those dear friends sent it back to me saying it should look like this Sis... Note the Tears... I wanted to put them side by side so you could see them both so I had to make them four inchs wide instead of the original five inches. If you want the full size versions then click on the links to get them.
I AM THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
My name is Old Glory.
I used to fly atop the world's tallest buildings but for today.
Today, I fly at half-mast in honor of those Americans who were taken today.
I will continue to stand watch in America's halls of justice.
I will continue to fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I will continue to stand guard with the power of united strength.
Look up and you will still see me.
Those who attack our shores,
Cannot make me fall.
I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners, my head is a little higher, my colors a little truer.
I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am saluted.
I am loved - I am revered.
I am respected - and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war for more then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appomattox.
I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy, Guam. Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me,
I was there.
I led my troops,
I was dirty, battle worn and tired, but my soldiers cheered me And I was proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries I have helped set free. It does not hurt, for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of my country by those who would tear me asunder.
But I shall overcome - for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over the uncharted frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,
I am proud.
MY NAME IS OLD GLORY but my strength is in the American heart.
LONG MAY I WAVE.
Lord, we come to You on bended knee, heads bowed and our hearts filled to overflowing with so much grief for the many people who have been injured and killed in our National crisis.
We ask you Lord, to give courage and strength to those who so bravely go to their aid. And though their hearts will be heavy and filled with sorrow we ask Lord that You give them the endurance needed to help them through this difficult task.
Please give us the strength Lord, to get through each difficult and devastating day that faces each of us and our country. Protect and guide our Military that are now being called to duty.
We ask Lord, that You guide the leaders of our great country in their hour of decision. The burden that has been placed on their shoulders during this crisis is overwhelming. We ask that with Your infinite wisdom you guide them gently to the right decisions.
And lastly Lord, we ask that you allow us all to come together as a Nation, to stand tall and united, so that we might help each other in our hour of need. Amen
Please....there is a tremendous blood shortage, call your local Red Cross to find out where to donate and pray.........