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Quotes about the importance of Memorial Day in America…..

Adlai Stevenson II“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt – Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”

Gen. Douglas MacArthur – No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”

George S. Patton – It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”

Eleanor Roosevelt – Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”

Whenever I think of Memorial Day, I think of each military grave site service I have witnessed over the years.  Every time I hear Taps being played and see the folding and presenting of the flag, I get a huge lump in my throat.  Have you ever wondered about the origin and lyrics of Taps?

The origins of “Taps,” the distinctive bugle melody played at U.S. military funerals and memorials and as a lights-out signal to soldiers at night, date back to the American Civil War. … Union Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield’s bugle call was officially known as “Extinguish Lights” in American military manuals until 1891.    (Copied).

 Although most everyone knows the 24-note melody of Taps, but very few know the lyrics.  Here they are:

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

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.  (Copied).

On this Memorial Day, may we be found with our family remembering the goodness of God to allow us to be a free people.  Please take time to thank Him for those that have given their lives to preserve our freedoms and pray that we will honor their sacrifice through our diligent vigilance of preserving liberty.