Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial day was a holiday that came about in the late 1860's as a way of remembering the Union soldiers that gave their life during America's bloodiest battle, the Civil War. (Of course the Confederate soldiers have their own rememberance days too that vary on the state: Georgia's is April 26th, the last day in 1865 that a Georgia soldier fought.) Memorial Day wasn't officially a holiday until much later and grew to recognize the sacrifices of all military branches in all the wars they have fought in.

As you go about your day today please say a small prayer of gratitude to all the men and women that have given their lives in the hope of peace and justice (even if you don't agree on the causes). And also say a small prayer of protection for all the men and women that are still fighting for our country in the name of giving others a better way of life and political/religious freedom.

Most people never realize Taps has lyrics, but they are fitting and beautiful for a bedtime prayer either as a nightly or an eternal lullaby. I'm so proud my husband purchased a bugle and now plays Taps live for military funerals. What an honor.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky;
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Fading light, dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar, drawing nigh, falls the night.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, neath the sky;
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Sun has set, shadows come,
Time has fled, Scouts must go to their beds
Always true to the promise that they made.

While the light fades from sight,
And the stars gleaming rays softly send,
To thy hands we our souls, Lord, commend.

Remember the Troops Ribbon

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